Wilbraham Police have seen an increase in drunk drivers

WILBRAHAM, Mass (WWLP) – 27 people die in drunk driving crashes in America every day. Wilbraham Police have made 60 OUI arrests so far in 2016.

“We’re starting to get into the holiday season, those arrests are probably going to increase,” said Wilbraham Police Officer Sean Casella. Four arrests, so far this month.

“It really does not take much. You see the signs on the Massachusetts Turnpike or on the side of the highway, that say, ‘buzzed driving is drunk driving,’ and that’s a reality,” Officer Casella told 22News.

Casella has been on the job for 14 years. He’s a trained drug recognition expert and field sobriety testing instructor. He said what officers look for is, “slurring their words, blood shot and glassy eyes, thick speech, odor of alcohol is one of the major indicators as well.”

If you’re arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and you refuse to take a breathalyzer, you will lose your license for 6 months or up to a lifetime. The length of time a driver would lose their license for refusing a breathalyzer depends on how many previous drunk driving convictions they have, and it’s up to the judge to decide.

Under state law, a judge would have discretion to impose a lifetime license revocation if a driver refuses a breathalyzer after four convictions for OUI.