A new safety campaign has been launched in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, aimed at stopping drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.
The Four Ds campaign aims to help police identify drivers breaking the law before their actions become fatal and urges members of the public to report anyone they know or see who is drink, drug, dangerous or distracted driving.
The initiative has been launched by Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, Minister for Roads Andrew Constance, the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Crime Stoppers (NSW).
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO Peter Price said he hoped the community’s involvement would help improve safety and accountability on NSW roads.
“Never before have we asked the community to report these crimes and NSW Crime Stoppers is the first, not only in Australia, but around the world, to initiate this campaign,” he said.
“This is one of the most important campaigns we have ever embarked upon. These traffic issues are an offence and these offences often lead to innocent people being injured or killed which is absolutely devastating for their families.”
280 people have died on NSW roads so far this year from 1 January 2020 to 26 November 2020.
The Traffic and Highway Patrol Command has highlighted some ways road users can report the Four Ds without jeopardising their own safety or breaking the law:
- Use a passenger to record the time of the incident and the registration of the driver’s vehicle.
- If possible, keep dashcam vision of the incident and provide it to Crime Stoppers (NSW) or police.
- If it’s an emergency – where there is a threat to life or someone’s safety – call Triple Zero (000) through a passenger, hands-free, or pull over somewhere safe.
- If it’s not an emergency, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.