(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Police Department.)
Tewksbury – Tewksbury Police Department today announced it will join 148 other law
enforcement agencies statewide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from
August 14 to September 7, 2015, 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).
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.
All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones
due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to roadway safety, we are
intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes
occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant
during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.
Tewksbury Police Department’s 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.
Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No
exceptions. Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash
alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still
destroy your life.
According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver
licenses, and are sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial
hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job
prospects. All told, a first offense can easily cost thousands of dollars. Driving impaired is
simply not worth all the consequences. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
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