Officers from the Amherst Police Department are joining other local law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police to crack down on drunk drivers across the Commonwealth. This mobilization will run from August 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014.
According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, in 2012 there were 349 motor vehicle-related fatalities in Massachusetts of which 35% of these deaths involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In fiscal year 2014, the Amherst Police Department criminally charged 105 persons with operating under the influence. “The Amherst Police Department is committed to this enforcement effort, if you are operating impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions.” said Chief Livingstone.
The Amherst Police Department recommends the following tips:
? Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
? If you’ve been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
? If you happen to see a drunk 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.
Questions regarding this informational and enforcement initiative can be forwarded to Sergeant Todd Lang at 413-259-3000 or via email at email@example.com. For additional information concerning the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division please go to their website at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety