Chief's Column: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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The Grafton Police wants you to drive sober this Holiday season. Photo Credit: file photo

GRAFTON, Mass. – As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, remember that the Grafton Police Department will increase enforcement from Dec. 14 to Jan. 1, arresting anyone caught driving drunk. 

Grafton Police will join more than 48 local law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police through the New Year as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. 

We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in drunk driving.  Don’t let your 2012 end in an arrest or worse – death.  It’s not worth the risk.

Massachusetts saw 314 fatalities in traffic crashes in 2010, of which 39 percent (124 crashes), involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to NHTSA.  

 We want everyone to be safe on our roadways. That’s why we will step up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. 

If you are caught operating under the influence, you will be arrested.  No warnings. No excuses.

We recommend these tips for a safe holiday season:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
  • If you’ve been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation;
  •  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement;
  •  Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety 

Special note: To ensure that individuals under 21 are not possessing, purchasing or being served alcoholic beverages, the Grafton Police Department will also be conducting extra patrols to enhance its enforcement of underage alcohol laws through activities such as compliance checks, party patrols, and surveillance patrols.

Happy Holidays from the members of the Grafton Police Department

Normand A. Crepeau, Jr.
Chief of Police

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