Holiday party-goers, beware! To help save lives this holiday season, The Wareham Police Department is launching a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways.
Wareham Police said its Patrol Officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired. Enforcement efforts will include saturated patrols, and aggressive traffic enforcement, etc.. The special enforcement crackdown will run from December 12, 2012, through January 1, 2013.
“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways.” said Traffic Safety Officer Whalen. “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught drinking and driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration of .15 grams per deciliter or higher.
“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” said Officer Whalen. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is often the case.”
It is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. According to Wareham Police, violators could face jail time, loss of driver license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.