The Amherst 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) administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division.
“Don’t let your 2012 end in an arrest or worse, death.” said Chief Scott Livingstone. “Designate a sober driver, call a cab or a take the bus; it’s not worth the risk!”
There were 314 Massachusetts traffic fatalities in 2010, of which 39% (124 crashes), involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to NHTSA. In 2011, the Amherst Police arrested 145 people for operating under the influence. To date in 2012, 146 people have been arrested for operating under the influence by Amherst Police.
“Many motorists will be out during this busy holiday season. We want everyone to be safe on our roadways.” said Chief Livingstone. “That is why we are stepping 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;
? And 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 or contact Sergeant Todd Lang @ email@example.com or 413-259-3000.