Michael Miksch, Chief of Police
775 Main St.
Hanson, MA 02341
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Hanson Police Awarded Grant to Reduce Impaired Driving
HANSON — Chief Michael Miksch is pleased to report that the Hanson Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) to increase the number of impaired driving patrols during the holiday season.
Hanson Police will join other departments across the state and the Massachusetts State Police in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSOGPO) enforcement mobilization.
“When an impaired driver is behind the wheel, everyone is at risk – passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists sharing the road,” Chief Miksch said. “These funds will increase the number of impaired driving patrols over the holidays. Regardless of the type or level of impairment, if a driver is operating a vehicle in a dangerous manner, they will be stopped.”
“Arranging for a sober ride home before celebrating should be a part of everyone’s plans this holiday season,” said Jeff Larason, Director of the OGR Highway Safety Division. “We want all drivers to recognize the responsibility they have to drive safely and to avoid getting behind the wheel if they’re impaired. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different.”
Massachusetts data on impaired driving from 2013-2017 includes:
- Marijuana was the most prevalent drug found in drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- 11 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes were found with both alcohol and drugs in their system.
- 78 percent of impaired drivers in fatal crashes were men.
- 35 percent of drunk drivers involved in a fatal crash were 21-29 years old.
- The number of drivers involved in a fatal crash who were alcohol-impaired (blood alcohol content of .08 or more) and had drugs in their system increased by 63 percent (35 to 57).
- From 2016 to 2017, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased by 19 percent (148 to 120).
National data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers.
- On average, more than 10,000 people have died each year (2013 to 2017) in drunk-driving crashes. To put it in perspective, that’s equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors.
- In 2017, one person was killed every 48 minutes by a drunk driver on the nation’s roads.
- In 2017, almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes. Fifty-four percent of the time, it was the child’s driver who was drunk.
- Drugs were present in 43 percent of the fatally-injured drivers with a known test result in 2015, more frequently than alcohol was present.
- NHTSA’s 2013–2014 roadside survey found drugs in 22 percent of all drivers both on weekend nights and on weekdays.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects — slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance, and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.
- Mixing alcohol and marijuana may dramatically produce effects greater than either drug on its own.
For more information on the Office of Grants and Research’s impaired driving enforcement grant program or to view accompanying “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” television ads, visit the state’s Impaired Driving website here.