Drunk driving on New Year’s Eve may have serious consequences

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – New Year’s Eve is a chance for people say goodbye to the past and welcome in the future, but too often people’s nights take a turn for the worse.

The message “be smart, be safe and use ride shares,” is being strongly enforced to all New Year’s Eve goers this year, especially those planning to consume alcohol throughout the night.

Per Mothers Against Drunk Driving, highway deaths related to alcohol spike each year during the holiday season, including New Year’s Day.

48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve are alcohol related, and M.A.A.D members are asking people to leave their keys home if they’ll be tempted to drive after drinking.

The legal drinking limit in Massachusetts is .08 getting stopped and arrested while over that limit can be a big price to pay.

Sgt. William Scott of the Massachusetts State Police told 22News some of the consequences that can come after being caught driving drunk, “You do face a suspension of your license for a minimum of 30 days up to six months. That’s really gonna have an effect on your family, your employment and your license.”

Tina Perreault, the manager at TD’s Sports Pub in Chicopee has seen first-hand the impact driving drunk can have after one of their employees was killed in Springfield by a drunk driver.

She told 22News safe driving will be enforced on New Year’s, “Ever since that happened we have been very cautious about over serving and making sure everybody has a safe night. We take key if we need to. I’ve handed keys to an Uber driver.”

Yellow Cab in Springfield is also offering free rides New Year’s Eve as part of their annual Dial-A-Ride program.

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