16 Dec Rising threat of drug driving sees Crimestoppers launch appeal asking people across Essex
Independent charity Crimestoppers, in partnership with D.tec International, has launched a new campaign to target those who get behind the wheel and drug drive.
It comes as new statistics from the charity show drug driving reports Crimestoppers received anonymously that are passed on to law enforcement have risen from 5,028 (April 2018-March 2019) to 10,580 (April 2020-March 2021) – a 110% increase over three years.
Crimestoppers reports sent to police
Apr 2018 – March 2019
Apr 2019 – March 2020
Apr 2020 – March 2021
Change in 3 years
One in twenty fatalities on our roads nationally is caused by drug drivers. There have been significant rises in arrests for drug driving in some areas, such as in the North West. This includes 2020 figures from Cumbria Police, who recorded 883 drug driving arrests, twice the number for drink driving (437) in the same period.
Crimestoppers’ 4-week campaign highlights how drug drivers put not only their own, but other people’s lives at risk. The charity is urging people across Essex and East Anglia to speak up about regular drug drivers, as this information helps prevent potential damaging or fatal collisions from happening.
Crimestoppers is independent of the police and guarantees complete anonymity to more than 1,500 people who contact the charity each and every day. This promise has been kept since the charity began back in the late 1980s, helping to give a voice to the fifth of people it’s estimated who refuse to speak to the police.
D.tec International supplies DrugWipe, the instant readout disposable drug detection device which is used extensively for roadside driver drug screening by all 43 police forces across the UK.
Information Crimestoppers would like to receive includes:
- Who the person is and what they look like?
- Where do they take drugs and how often they do it?
- What type of drug or drugs are they are taking regularly?
- Where and when are they driving?
- Their vehicle’s make and registration number
Phil Breckon, Eastern Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Often the victims of road traffic collisions are passengers in cars driven by those under the influence of drugs, so community intelligence is vital to helping keep our streets safe.
“This appeal to people across our region will help raise awareness and tackle the false belief that it’s only drink drivers who can be easily detected. We aim to discourage those who may be thinking of getting behind the wheel, and ensure that they think about the implications of their actions on themselves, their families and the loved ones of potential victims.
“Since we began in the late 1980s, we’ve always kept our promise of anonymity to everyone who does the right thing and contacts us.”