Campaign Running From Aug. 20 Through Sept. 6
EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Paul O’Brien would like to inform residents that the East Bridgewater Police Department is participating in a campaign to increase impaired driving enforcement over the next few weeks.
Thanks to a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR), East Bridgewater police will join other departments across the state and the State Police in the campaign. Police urge motorists who have been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs to plan ahead and designate a driver, use a ride-sharing service or take public transportation.
The campaign runs from Aug. 20 through Sept. 6. During that time, East Bridgewater Police will have several officers on the lookout for impaired and reckless drivers on the roads. Everyone is reminded to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking and to never get into a vehicle if the driver is impaired.
According to 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 (2014 to 2018) in drunk-driving crashes.
“Fatal crashes that involve impaired drivers are all too common and are completely preventable, and we urge East Bridgewater residents to never get behind the wheel if they are unable to drive safely and to take the keys away from anyone else who is impaired,” Chief O’Brien said. “As always, we thank the Office of Grants and Research for supporting our cause of preventing impaired driving within our community.”
For more information on impaired driving enforcement through the Office of Grants and Research’s Highway Safety Division, click here.