Posted on 5th December 2016
Pupils from primary schools across the Amber Valley have been designing posters to help remind drivers not to drink and drive.
More than 500 youngsters entered the competition which was run by the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in the area.
The winning designs are being used across the county during the Christmas period as part of Derbyshire Constabulary’s annual campaign to raise awareness of the potentially devastating effects of drink- or drug-driving.
As well as having their design printed, thanks to funding by the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership, the youngsters also picked up prizes from Derby County Football Club, Alfreton Town Football Club, Chesterfield Football Club and East Midlands Designer Outlet.
PC Emma Marshall, who organised the competition and works on the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would like to thank all of the children who took part in this competition, and their schools. We had some fantastic entries and choosing the winners was a really tough decision.
“We hope that these posters, with their eye-catching and unique designs, will really help to get the message across that if you do have a drink, then you should never get behind the wheel.”
The top three winning designs were by Maia Orme, age 10, of Christ the King Primary School, Lily Ann Lonsdale, age 6, of Crich Infant School, and Jorja Williams, age 8, of Crich Junior School.
Across the county roads policing officers will be on the lookout for drivers who break the law, and will be stopping and breathalysing any they suspect of being under the influence, and as part of the force-wide campaign police are encouraging people to ring in with information about suspected drink- or drug-drivers.
People can also claim rewards of up to £1,000 if they report a suspect driver to Crimestoppers anonymously, providing that their information leads to a conviction.
Derbyshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit will be tweeting throughout December to give followers information on the offences they deal with, including drink and drug drivers.
The team can be found on Twitter at @DerbyshireRPU.
To report a drink- or drug-driver to Derbyshire police, call 101 if it is not an emergency, or 999 if it is. To make an anonymous report to Crimestoppers, call 0800 555 111.