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There Are No Festivities in Jail: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Now Through New Year's

The holidays are a particularly dangerous time on the roads, due to an increase in impaired drivers.

Milford Police Department. Credit: Patch file photo.
Milford Police Department. Credit: Patch file photo.
Editor's Note: Milford Police distributed the following announcement this week:

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Milford Police will be out in force from Dec. 13, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014 to protect the Commonwealth’s citizens by arresting anyone caught behind the wheel operating under the influence. Milford Police will join the 191 eligible local law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police to run extra patrols through the New Year 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).  

Milford Police is giving fair warning to all partygoers, officers will be stopping motorists who commit traffic violations and if they are operating under the influence they will be arrested. 

The message is simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions, and serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2011 in Massachusetts, 114 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.

Don’t let your 2013 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death or injury.  Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.

Tips for a safe holiday season:​ 

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;

• If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement;

• And remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety    

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