AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Local Police Departments will be participating in the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign until the end of August.
Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone announced Tuesday that the department will be joining the Mass. State Police and other local law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk drivers across the Commonwealth.
The campaign is from August 13th to September 1st.
In 2012, there were 349 motor vehicle-related fatalities in Mass., and 35% of these deaths involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
In fiscal year 2014, the Amherst PD criminally charged 105 persons with operating under the influence. “The Amherst Police Department is committed to this enforcement effort, if you are operating impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions.” said Chief Livingstone.
The Amherst PD recommends the following tips:
- 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
- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely