Scott Allen, Chief of Police
153 Central St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
East Bridgewater Police to Participate in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Scott Allen announces that the East Bridgewater Police Department will be increasing the number of patrols on local roads as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The initiative is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division and will run through Sept. 4.
This year’s campaign focuses on educating drivers on the dangers of impairment caused by marijuana, and the exponentially increased impairment caused when marijuana and alcohol are combined.
East Bridgewater Police will have several cruisers on the lookout for impaired and reckless driving. Everyone is reminded to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking and to never get into a vehicle if the driver is impaired.
“Since legalizing marijuana, both Colorado and Washington have seen a dramatic increase in marijuana-related crashes and we want to do everything we can to prevent that from happening in our community,” Chief Allen said. “We will be using this grant to target impaired drivers who are putting themselves and others at serious risk by operating under the influence.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, marijuana or marijuana-type drugs were the most prevalent types of drugs found in people killed in crashes from 2010 to 2014, and mixing alcohol and marijuana may dramatically produce effects greater than either drug on its own.
The East Bridgewater Police Department is joining more than 200 local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, running extra patrols as a part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.
If you are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will lose your license and could face jail time, along with incurring the cost of additional fines and expenses.