urge public in Burnham-On-Sea area to report drink drivers
have this week encouraged members of the public in the Burnham-On-Sea
area to report drink driving offenders if they know they are getting
behind the wheel while under the influence.
The appeal comes as Avon and Somerset Police launch their annual
Christmas drink and drug driving campaign.
Chief Inspector John Holt of the force's Operations and Roads
Policing Unit said: "Most people now regard drink and drug
driving as socially and morally unacceptable and I'm sure
they will fully support us in trying to make the roads of Avon
and Somerset safer for all."
People are being encouraged to text the word drunk to 81819 to
send in their information. It will be available throughout the
Chief Inspector Holt said: "We understand that in some circumstances
it can be difficult to call police if you believe that someone
is about to get into their car and drink or drug drive, especially
if you know them personally."
"When someone texts the word drunk to 81819 it will be treated
by our control room in the same way as a 999 call."
"These texts may be reports from a patron or landlord at
a pub who has just seen someone get into a car after drinking,
or a friend or relative concerned that a loved one may be drink
or drug driving.
make sure we can make the best use of the information texted to
us, we ask that as much information is included as possible.
"For example it would be helpful to include details about
the time and date, where the person is driving from and where
they are heading to, a number plate and the person's name. All
this information will help us to trace the driver."
Anyone who would like to report drink or drug driving to police
can also call 101 if it is not imminent - for example a habitual
drink-driver or via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555
Operation Tonic forms part of the police's 'Have the Christmas
You Deserve' campaign, which will be running throughout December.
The campaign incorporates a range of activities to tackle issues
related to the festive period, such as keeping your Christmas
gifts safe and helping people to stay safe over the party season.
Police have warned that refusal to provide a breath specimen
could lead to a six month prison sentence, a fine of up to £5000
and a 12 month ban from driving.
Drink drivers also face up to six months in prison, a fine of
up to £5000 and a ban of at least 12 months. Anyone causing
death by careless driving while under the influence of drink could
be imprisoned for up to 10 years and banned for up to two years.