New campaign uses text to catch drink drivers

Police are using text messages as part of a wider campaign to catch drink drivers this Christmas.

Lincolnshire Police are launching their festive drink and drug drive campaign this week aiming to crack down on those driving under the influence.

Members of the public will be able to report drink drivers known to them by sending an SMS, reports grimsbytelegraph.co.uk. All they need to do is text the word DRINK to 80800 with details of the vehicle, registration, where the person will be drinking and when.

Police officers will use the information to stop the driver, who will then be arrested and processed through the courts. The crackdown is part of a national campaign over the festive period, which sees Lincolnshire Police team up with the Nottingham Force as part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.

It has been stressed that the text service is only to be used for non-emergencies, notes lincolnshireecho.co.uk. Members of the public who actually see a drink/drug driver behind the wheel should still therefore call 999.

Roadside checks will be carried out at all times of the day, including in the mornings, and Field Impairment Test (FIT) officers will be testing drivers for the effects of narcotics and alcohol throughout the festive period.

With as many as 16 per cent of all road deaths involving drivers over the legal limit, campaigners have called for more action like that of Lincolnshire Police to reduce the number of drink-related deaths on the road.