Cambridge Police Launch Crackdown on Impaired Driving
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The Cambridge Police Department today announced it will join 128 other law enforcement agencies statewide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from August 15 to September 3 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).
Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. In 2010, 115 people died in impaired driving related crashes in the Commonwealth. Moreover, there were an additional 2,750 impaired driving related personal injury and property damage crashes and almost 14,635 impaired driving arrests.
On average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. The number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during summer holidays.
“Too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer the tragic consequences of impaired drivers,” said Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas. “The Cambridge Police Department is committed to safety, and we are intensifying our enforcement during the crackdown to send a message that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will not be tolerated in our city.”
The Cambridge Police Department said its 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: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Lieutenant Rick Riley of the Cambridge Police Traffic Enforcement Unit.
According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being 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 well over $5000.
Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.