Donald C. Cudmore, Chief of Police
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
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Georgetown Police Implement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign to Save Lives
GEORGETOWN — Chief Donald C. Cudmore announces that the Georgetown Police Department, as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, has increased patrols throughout town to prevent impaired driving this holiday season.
Residents are urged to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking and to not get in a vehicle if the driver is impaired. The Georgetown Police Department also reminds motorists that wearing a seat belt is the best defense against drunk and aggressive drivers and your own mistakes.
“Drunk driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, it can result in serious injuries or fatalities,” Chief Cudmore said. “The safest way to get home is to never drink and drive. If you plan on drinking at a holiday party or a restaurant, take a taxi, public transportation or hand the keys over to a sober friend.”
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 in Massachusetts, 133 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
If you are charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, you will lose your license and could face jail time, along with incurring the cost of additional fines and expenses.
“It’s devastating to see this tragic loss of life again and again,” Chief Cudmore said. “The hardest part of the job is making that call to a family telling them their loved one is gone because someone chose to drink and drive. That’s why we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. Please find a safe and sober ride home.”
The Georgetown Police Department is one of 202 local law enforcement agencies, along with the Massachusetts State Police, running extra patrols through the New Year as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.