MEMBERS of the public are being encouraged to do some Christmas ‘shopping’ with a reporting drink-drivers.

The plea has been issued by the Crimestoppers Scotland charity in a bid to make roads across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire safer for everyone this festive season.

Latest figures reveal drink-driving is the second most reported crime to Crimestoppers Scotland.

And the charity is worried that, at Christmas and New Year, the temptation to drink and drive will be too much for some motorists to ignore.

Angela Parker, manager of Crimestoppers Scotland, said: “Despite devastating stories each year about people losing their lives due to drink-driving, the problem persists.

“Road safety is all of our concern and, whilst some people may have conflicting loyalties, we urge them to think again and remember they can speak to us anonymously to help make our roads safer.

“We won’t ask for your name or personal details. We just listen to what you know. When you hang up the phone or click ‘send,’ you’re done.

“Together we can help protect the people you care about from crime.”

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing, is backing the campaign.

He said: “More than half of all drink-drivers are caught thanks to members of the public having the courage to report their concerns by telephoning either the police or Crimestoppers.

“These reports are timely and help the police to respond and stop those suspected of drinking and driving.

“Through public support and the invaluable Crimestoppers charity, we are all working together to keep roads safer.”

If you have information on anyone who regularly gets behind the wheel while under the influence of drink, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the secure online form at