Public Safety Announcement:
Mayor Dan Rizzo and Chief of Police Joseph Cafarelli recently announced that they will be joining other law enforcement agencies statewide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from August 16 to September 2 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 (EOPSS-HSD).
Massachusetts saw 314 fatalities in traffic crashes in 2010, of which 39% (124 crashes), involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to NHTSA. Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes.
“Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer and there are many barbecues and parties, providing opportunities to consume alcohol. Our officers will be out cracking down on drunk drivers. We will be especially vigilant during high-risk times, weekends and nights, when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Chief of Police Joseph Cafarelli.
Chief Cafarelli said officers will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type or time of day.
Drunk driving is a serious crime. Violators potentially face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, increase in insurance rates, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Other financial burdens can include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects which could easily run into thousands of dollars. Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.