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Thursday, 29 November, 2001, 11:33 GMT
Reward to 'shop' drink drivers
Man being breathalysed
Police say they have been "inundated" by informants
Callers who "shop" drink-driving friends could be given a reward of up to 500 as part of police force's Christmas safety campaign.

A spokesman from Thames Valley Police said they had been "inundated" with inquiries since they urged people to tell on motorists who may be over the limit.

If information leads to a conviction, people who ring in could earn up to 500 from an anti-crime charity.

Police hope the move will help catch "arrogant" drivers who think they can evade the law.

Thames Valley Police (TVP), which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, has launched the campaign.

A spokesman for the force said: "We have had a tremendous number of calls and we are referring people to the Crimestoppers hotline."

Inspector Dave Hartin, head of the force's roads policing and intelligence unit, said: "These people are arrogant enough to believe they will not be caught.

"I have to tell them we will be making every effort to prove them wrong."

Party pooping

Drink drivers lose their licence for at least a year, while options including imprisonment are available for serious cases or repeat offenders.

Superintendent Norman Bartlett, head of TVP's roads policing department, said: "It is not our intention to spoil anyone's enjoyment - quite the contrary.

"Using our intelligence-led strategy, the only people that have anything to fear from our deliberately robust approach are those who flout the law."

The money for the reward will come from the Community Action Trust, the charity which provides the cash for Crimestoppers.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or to call 999 if they witness a drink driving offence as it happens.

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The BBC's Robert Nisbet
"There is cash on the table for a successful conviction"
Edmund King, RAC foundation's executive director,
and Jane Evason, whose son was killed in a drink-driving accident, discuss the scheme

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 VOTE RESULTS
Would you shop a drink driver?

Yes
 83.14% 

No
 16.86% 

4247 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion


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Moral dilemma?
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29 Nov 01 | Northern Ireland
Campaign targets drink drivers
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