The Tewksbury Police Department has announced a campaign to crack down on drivers operating under the influence during the holiday season, and the message behind the campaign is simple - drive sober, or get pulled over.
Tewksbury police will be out in full force from Dec. 13 through Jan. 1 to protect Tewksbury residents by arresting anyone caught behind the wheel operating under the influence.
Department will join the 191
eligible Massachusetts law enforcement agencies and 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.
Tewksbury Police Department will be 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.
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.The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division recommend the following tips for a safe holiday season:
- 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.