James M. Spinney, Chief of Police
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
For Immediate Release
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
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Contact: Jessica Sacco
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Chelmsford Police Urge Motorists to Celebrate the End of Summer Safely
CHELMSFORD — Police Chief James. A. Spinney and the Chelmsford Police Department remind residents that, as summer winds down, Police Departments all over the region will be out in force looking for impaired drivers.
From August 14 to September 7, the Chelmsford Police Department will be teaming up with Massachusetts State Police and more than 191 municipal police departments across the state to curb impaired driving and save lives. The 25-day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD).
In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed across the country in drunk-driving crashes, and 118 of those people were killed on Massachusetts roadways. As people celebrate the final days of summer, Labor Day weekend is a dangerous time to be on the roads. Thirty eight percent of national crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend in 2013 involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher, amounting to 161 lives lost across the country. There were four fatalities that same weekend in Massachusetts.
“Too many people are still making the wrong decision when it comes to drinking and then getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The statistics don’t lie: drinking and driving causes senseless deaths each and every year – deaths that are always preventable,” Chief Spinney said. “Make the right call if you are impaired: don’t drink and drive.”
In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. The Chelmsford Police Department wants to remind drivers that driving sober is not a recommendation – it’s the law.
During the upcoming enforcement period, there will be a special emphasis on drunk-driving enforcement. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles, OUI checkpoints, and increased messaging about this reckless crime.
All it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. Don’t drink and drive.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new SaferRide mobile app (free from the iTunes store and Google Play) can identify a user’s location and help call a friend for a ride. The app also compiles nearby taxi company phone numbers and reviews and makes it simple to call for a cab.
The Chelmsford Police Department also reminds motorists that wearing a safety belt is your best defense against drunk and aggressive drivers and your own mistakes.