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    Dazzieboo
    How do you report drink driving, annonomously ?
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 8:48 AM
    How do you report drink driving, annonomously ? 2nd Feb 07 at 8:48 AM
    I recently went to a sporting event and someone there drank at least 13 pints of lager during the day, then drove all the way home (about 150 miles) I was horrified when I found out the next day and asked why someone didn't report him, they were all scared of the backlash, my attitude is $od the backlash, just think of the trauma he could have caused if he had crashed.

    A similar event is coming up next week and he will no doubt do exactly the same, is there any way of reporting him to the Police annonomously ? there is not a pay phone at the place and if I use my mobile, the Police will be able to trace me. I don't have a problem with that, but this man is very influential and I would not want him knowing who reported him.

    I know I may have posted this in the wrong place as it is not strictly money saving, should he crash and kill someone there will no doubt be great financial loss for someone somewhere.
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:01 AM
    I think if you report this to the police you will have to give your name, but you can ask them to withhold it.
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  • Scarlett1
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:19 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:19 AM
    Dazzieboo do you know his registration number ? if you do then contact the police and give them the information, maybe withold you number using 141 or get another sim card and use that to phone them
  • Welshlassie
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:27 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:27 AM
    One option would be to call Crime stoppers. Even if they can't take your information this time, they would be able to tell how to go about informing the police annonyomously http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/giving/givinginformationoncrime/
  • Kinnairdy
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:41 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:41 AM
    You can report in advance so to speak, call Police, give make, model & reg no of vehicle, date & where it can be found and the approximate time the function will end, tell them this person will be over the limit and obviously a danger to other road users, they should "if up to the job they are paid to do" be present when the said person leaves the premises and will observe & stop if in any doubt as to his ability to drive.
    You do not have to give your name, you merely need say "I prefer not to give a name", there is no legal requirement to give one but do not be too surprised if your "report" comes to nothing, anonymous calls are not always acted upon.
    As an aside, informants of drunk drivers can be paid by the Police following a successful prosecution, just a thought for a Moneysaving member.
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  • Dazzieboo
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:53 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 9:53 AM
    I have just tried the crimestopper number but it just rang out for 10 mins so will try later. I am quite happy for the Police to know who I am, but if the drink driver should find out who reported him, he would make my life hell. Someone reported him a few years back for breaking the health and safety rules in his own establishment and he was closed down for 3 weeks to correct matters, losing him a great deal of money, he found out who reported him and got nasty. There is no way I want anything like that, but on the other hand, I wouldn't want to be on the road at the same time as him, there is a lovely little girl at my Daughters school, she joined last week and I met her Gran last night and she said her entire family were killed by a drunk driver, she was the only survivor, finding this out, has made me detirmined to do something.
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  • Karrie
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 10:00 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 10:00 AM
    Many years ago I called the police to report someone driving while drunk and they didn't ask for my details. I am sure things have changed now though. Speak to your local police station, I am sure they will be of help to you. Let us know how you get on.
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  • Justie
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 10:05 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 10:05 AM
    I can understand your worries about reprisals, however some things are more important. What you could do is call the local police station and have an informal chat about your concerns and ask them what the best thing to do is if it happens again. The problem of calling it in when he leaves the premises is that there may not be a unit available so he may get away with it again. If it's likely that other will be drink driving too then the police may see it as worth while to target the venue at chucking out time - that way it's not just about this one individual.

    If you give the police a tip off I see no reason why you'd need to give your name or details as there's no need for a witness statement (although if he got in an accident they may want witnesses then) but blood alcohol levels are enough evidence to convict if he's caught driving.

    IMO if he is caught he should thank you - you may well be saving his life aswell.
  • Sallys Savings
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 10:17 AM
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    • 2nd Feb 07, 10:17 AM
    I'm afraid i can't answer your question...but just wanted to give you a little support in this (something I feel very strongly about).

    Definitely report him whatever the backlash. I know thats easier said then done but just think for one moment if it was your family he killed through drunk driving and then that will give you the push you need to call the police.

    I'm sure you could do it from a telephone box or something?? and like another said before the event or on the actual day.



    Good luck!!!
  • arnie&caseysma!
    If you report to the Police you DO NOT have to give your own details, you can decline to give them and it will go down as an anonymous report.

    Also, if you do contact Crimestoppers (and get through - they are very busy but it is freephone) and leave your details and he gets stopped and it results in a conviction you may possibly be on the receiving end of a reward.

    By leaving your details you may be required to provide a statement to the Police which may result in you being called to court as a witness but generally drink driving offences are straight forward and only the Police witnesses involved are required to prove the offence.

    I would encourage anyone to report drink/drug drivers to the Police in the hope that we can get more of these people off the roads - I have seen first hand the damage that can be done by them.
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  • scottishkat
    hi,
    i just wanted to lend some support too. over 10 years ago i had a few friends round at my flat and we had been drinking. a friend of my boyfriend at the time just lost the plot at about 11pm and became very depressed. although we all tried to stop him, he managed to leave the flat to drive home, about 1.5 hours drive away. he was drunk. we felt like we had no option and in the end phoned the police and told him where he was likely to be going. the police didnt pick him up but to be honest i dont know if they tried. he got home safely although he had no recollection of how, he even stopped to get petrol on route. i have lost touch with those friends now and i dont know if he knows that we called the police on him but i would rather that than have his death or the death of someone else on my conscience. it is such a difficult decision but i think fewer people are willing to stand up and be counted and it really depresses me. i hope you go through with it (((hugs)))
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  • Rachie B
    what a pr1ck !!! its fine if people are stupid enough to not care about endangering their own lives, but its usually others who end up worse off

    definitely call your local police station,dialling 141 first

    state what you have said on here and leave it to them,if they ask for your name explain why you would rather not give it

    then its in their hands,you have done your bit
  • changkra
    what a pr1ck !!! its fine if people are stupid enough to not care about endangering their own lives, but its usually others who end up worse off

    definitely call your local police station,dialling 141 first
    state what you have said on here and leave it to them,if they ask for your name explain why you would rather not give it

    then its in their hands,you have done your bit
    by Rachie B
    Pointless your number will still display. If you are going to report him you need the traffic cops, they are the ones that deal with drink driving.
  • Justie
    13 pints, do you know that for a fact? Do you know it was alcoholic lager? It isn't right to drink and drive, but it wouldn't be exactly fair to be stopped if you are innocent either.
    by Al Mac
    I disagree - it's fair to stop anyone if there is ANY suspicion of drink driving. A simple breathaliser test proves one way or the other if s/he is over the limit and if they're not then it's 5 minutes out of their day and no harm done.
  • Dazzieboo
    Thank you everyone,
    Last edited by Dazzieboo; 02-02-2007 at 11:38 AM.
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  • Dazzieboo
    13 pints, do you know that for a fact? Do you know it was alcoholic lager? It isn't right to drink and drive, but it wouldn't be exactly fair to be stopped if you are innocent either.
    by Al Mac

    He had a bar tab and was drinking from 11.00am to 7.00pm, I can't see what is wrong with being stopped wether you are over the limit or not, I was stopped twice before Christmas as the Police were just doing routine checks, I just thought they were doing their job, not that it was unfair they picked on me.
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  • Lillibet
    I once reported my boss for drink dirivng. He had had 9 pints at the office Xmas party then drove from Wimbledon to Surbiton (about 10 miles ish). I popped into the police station on my way home & declined to give me name which they were fine with but they did act on it, just not fast enough. Apparently the police caught up with him AT HOME clearly drunk less than 15 mins after I phoned it in but as they actually hadn't caught him in the car they couldn't do anything although they also knew he must have broken the speed limits too, to get there in that time. They rang his door bell & told him they had had a report of him driving over the limit & said they couldn't charge him now but still wanted to see if he got home safely. He never knew it was me who reported him although he must have suspected me, I swear he is the reason there are so many speed cameras on that stretch of the A3 now!
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  • Morglin
    It's right to report him, but I think you may find that the police won't act upon any information anyway.

    They usually say that "it doesn't take priority".

    Lin :confused:
  • Nicki
    I don't agree with Morglin here. It all depends on what is happening on the night of course, but most forces have dedicated traffic cops who follow up this kind of thing. If there was a major accident which they were dealing with then maybe not, otherwise I think they would follow up.

    I hope you feel brave enough to follow through. My father was an alcoholic who regularly drank and drove until a neighbour tipped off the police. We never found out who did it, but he was stopped, taken to court and banned, and in fact it was a wake up call to him, and he has never done it since. I am very glad that the neighbour took the step they did, and deep down I suspect my dad is too.
  • davidas
    My advice is if your are determined to remain anonymous then this is not a problem whatsoever. You can ring crimestoppers and then the information will be graded and officers will be made aware and briefed about the vehicle and driver etc etc. The traffic police will probably dedicate an officer to pick this vehicle up when it leaves. I dont know who your local force is but you can PM me if you want with your local force etc and I'll see what I can do.
    Also ring the general police number and ask to putin an anonymous intellegence log about a drink driver. The police are always grateful for this information. WHen he is stopped and is over the limit then he will be charged at the station etc. The evidence is already there so it dosnt matter that you are anonymous whatsoever. Go for it, imagine if you dont and something happens. PM me if you want anything further.
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