Expect extra police patrols during the holidays

202 local police departments are increasing their patrols

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Drive sober or get pulled over; that’s the message from law enforcement. In 2014, 133 people were killed in crashes where a driver was over the legal limit.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 23 of those deaths were on Christmas Day alone. That’s why the Northampton Police Department is joining 202 other local police departments to increase their patrols. The extra patrols are funded through a federal grant.

If you do drink at a party, it’s a good idea to call a taxi or hand the keys over to a sober driver.

One driver told 22News she worries about her kids. Susan Adelson of Northampton said, “I worry about them. About drunk drivers on the road hitting them. I also don’t know what they do if they go out and have a drink at dinner. I don’t like the thought of them driving so stepping up the patrols is fine with me.”

Getting caught drunk driving can have stiff penalties, including jail time, fines, license suspension, and towing fees that can all total $10,000.

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