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1 December 2013, 07:26
People in the East Midlands are being offered £1,000 by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink-driver.
Derbyshire Police are the first force in our region to start their Christmas drink drive campaign.
Police have told Capital that drink and drug-drive operations are in action all year round, but police put a particular focus on December because of the number of social events which reflect the Christmas season.
Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said:
'This time of year is one of celebration for many including work parties and especially with family and friends. Our message is simple – if you are having a drink don't drive.'
In the week, Capital spent time with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue who were telling young drivers about the dangers of drink driving, Watch Manager Paul Speight:
'The crews here today don't want to be going out over Christmas cutting people out of cars.
'When I say 'cars', once we go to them they're not cars anymore, they're twisted, mangled bits of metal.'
To report a drink-driver contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.