Help catch drink-drivers by texting police

Basingstoke Gazette: Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley

HELP us to catch drink-drivers – that’s the message from Hampshire Police as they launch their annual festive crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

Officers want people to send a text to 80999 if they spot a driver who they suspect has been drinking.

The information, which will be received anonymously, should include the precise location of where the driver has been spotted, the direction of travel, and as many vehicle details as possible, especially the registration number.

Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, urged people to use the text service, which was launched last year.

He said: “You could be saving a life, be it the driver’s or someone who has the misfortune of getting in their way.

“We are out every day of the year tackling this issue, but at Christmas, we see more drink-drivers than at any other time in the year. It’s not just about catching people. It’s about coming between them and catastrophic consequences.”

The Smashed campaign, as it is called, will be promoted with adverts on buses and at bus stops, on car bumper stickers and beer mats in pubs across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It will run from now until New Year’s Day.

Last year, the force’s Christmas campaign saw 240 people arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Hampshire alone – an increase of 9.1 per cent on 2010.

The north and east Hampshire policing area, of which Basingstoke is a part, saw the highest number of arrests last Christmas with 68.

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9:49am Wed 5 Dec 12

Ding says...

Is there another number we can text to report people who are texting and driving?
Is there another number we can text to report people who are texting and driving? Ding
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12:05pm Wed 5 Dec 12

jonone says...

Funny how drink-driving is only important at Christmas!! Or do we assume that people out on the lash Friday and Saturdays the rest of the year never go out driving the following morning?
Funny how drink-driving is only important at Christmas!! Or do we assume that people out on the lash Friday and Saturdays the rest of the year never go out driving the following morning? jonone
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1:08pm Wed 5 Dec 12

jbee37 says...

Not sure if that would be admissable in court.
I heard of a case once where neighbours shopped a driver who used to regularly drive home after drinking, but when it came to court, the judge threw the case out because it was decided that informing the police that the driver had been drinking was not reasonable ground for suspicion.
Not sure if that would be admissable in court. I heard of a case once where neighbours shopped a driver who used to regularly drive home after drinking, but when it came to court, the judge threw the case out because it was decided that informing the police that the driver had been drinking was not reasonable ground for suspicion. jbee37
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1:31pm Wed 5 Dec 12

guywithsomesense says...

"The information, which will be received anonymously, should include the precise location of where the driver has been spotted, the direction of travel, and as many vehicle details as possible, especially the registration number....."

.... what are they actually going to do with this information? yesterday they had a story of someone stealing petrol in Tadley with a picture of the car and driver and number plate and the Police were asking for the public's help in tracking them down...!
"The information, which will be received anonymously, should include the precise location of where the driver has been spotted, the direction of travel, and as many vehicle details as possible, especially the registration number....." .... what are they actually going to do with this information? yesterday they had a story of someone stealing petrol in Tadley with a picture of the car and driver and number plate and the Police were asking for the public's help in tracking them down...! guywithsomesense
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4:24pm Wed 5 Dec 12

starbucks911 says...

guywithsomesense wrote:
"The information, which will be received anonymously, should include the precise location of where the driver has been spotted, the direction of travel, and as many vehicle details as possible, especially the registration number....."

.... what are they actually going to do with this information? yesterday they had a story of someone stealing petrol in Tadley with a picture of the car and driver and number plate and the Police were asking for the public's help in tracking them down...!
They will inform all patrol cars in the vicinity to keep a look out for the vehicle with that registration mark on it. A bit like a fox hunt I guess. Probably a bit more exciting for them and far more productive use of their time than setting up a speed trap outside a school at 8pm in the evening.
[quote][p][bold]guywithsomesense[/bold] wrote: "The information, which will be received anonymously, should include the precise location of where the driver has been spotted, the direction of travel, and as many vehicle details as possible, especially the registration number....." .... what are they actually going to do with this information? yesterday they had a story of someone stealing petrol in Tadley with a picture of the car and driver and number plate and the Police were asking for the public's help in tracking them down...![/p][/quote]They will inform all patrol cars in the vicinity to keep a look out for the vehicle with that registration mark on it. A bit like a fox hunt I guess. Probably a bit more exciting for them and far more productive use of their time than setting up a speed trap outside a school at 8pm in the evening. starbucks911
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11:34pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Folkestone Saint says...

My father was caught drunk driving twice in week, I could not believe it when he blamed the police the second time as he felt they were victimising him, thankfully he died before he killed anyone as I would have felt guilty for his actions.
My father was caught drunk driving twice in week, I could not believe it when he blamed the police the second time as he felt they were victimising him, thankfully he died before he killed anyone as I would have felt guilty for his actions. Folkestone Saint
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3:11pm Fri 7 Dec 12

robertspet8 says...

In October The Gazette reported that the police were starting a 6 month crackdown on the major causes of accidents. This included drink driving.
So are they running two crackdowns at the same time? And if they currently have the time and resources to this what will prevent them from carry on the same level of activities all year round?
In October The Gazette reported that the police were starting a 6 month crackdown on the major causes of accidents. This included drink driving. So are they running two crackdowns at the same time? And if they currently have the time and resources to this what will prevent them from carry on the same level of activities all year round? robertspet8
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5:34pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Upontheroof says...

Puporting to be doing something is better than doing nothing?
Puporting to be doing something is better than doing nothing? Upontheroof
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9:27am Tue 11 Dec 12

Hector2004 says...

Christmas is a popular time for drink driving; that is why they always crack down on it this time of year ! Personally, I wish them the very best of luck. I’d sooner they spend their time doing this than devoting their days to snaring unwitting, innocent motorists for marginal speeding offences or vague and enigmatic parking violations.
Christmas is a popular time for drink driving; that is why they always crack down on it this time of year ! Personally, I wish them the very best of luck. I’d sooner they spend their time doing this than devoting their days to snaring unwitting, innocent motorists for marginal speeding offences or vague and enigmatic parking violations. Hector2004
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