Report drink-drivers by text this Christmas

A note of caution to everyone driving this festive season – you have been warned! From Eagle Radio website, 30th November 2013 –

Sending a text message could save a life this Christmas.

Surrey Police is urging us to report drink-drivers via our mobiles.

The force says the Christmas and New Year period is when drink-driving offences peak.

A text messaging service has been set up to report someone you think may be drunk behind the wheel.

The idea is to make reporting easier – and it can be done in confidence.

Text ‘POLICE’ to ‘66644’ followed by details of who, what, where and when as well as the registration number of the vehicle.

The service will launch on 1 December and run until Wednesday 1 January.

Head of Roads Policing in Surrey, Inspector Richard Mallett: “With the festive party season about to begin please resist the temptation to drink and drive.

“Plan your evening ahead and have a designated driver – anyone tempted to get behind the wheel with alcohol in their system not only risks taking their own life but the lives of others.

“Motorists are warned that getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs could lead them to being banned from driving, fined up to £5,000 or even facing a six-month prison sentence.

“Some people will have to get used to life without a relative as a result of drink drivers over Christmas and we want to reduce that if we can.”

“Texting remains popular and we’ve got to look at different ways of reducing casualties, and this is just one of them.

“But don’t drive and text!”.

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