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Friday, December 6, 2013

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that the Amherst Police Department will be out in force from December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014 arresting anyone caught behind the wheel operating under the influence.  Amherst Police will join the 191 eligible local law enforcement agencies and the MA State Police to run extra patrols through the New Year as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).   

The Amherst Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers.  “You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving,” said Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “The message is simple:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix.  If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Chief Livingstone.  In fiscal year 2013, Amherst Police Officers arrested 154 persons for driving while intoxicated.

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions, and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2011 in Massachusetts, 114 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.

“Do not drive under the influence which could end in an arrest or worse, death or injury,” said Chief Livingstone. “Designate a sober driver, call a cab or take the bus. Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.
“We want everyone to be safe on our roadways,” said Chief Livingstone. “This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for those driving under the influence on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested.”

The Amherst Police Department recommends the following tips:


    • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;

    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
    • If you happen to see an impaired 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 additional information regarding this initiative, please visit
www.mass.gov/highwaysafety   or contact Sergeant Todd Lang at 413-259-3000 or via email.

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