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DOVER, MA – The Dover Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD), the State Police and over 128 other local departments, is launching a high-visibility impaired driver enforcement mobilization called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The campaign will run from August 15th to September 3rd.
The number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, so now through Labor Day, the Dover Police are adding extra traffic enforcement patrols. These 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.
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.
“Our increased patrols will reinforce our department’s committment to road safety,” said Chief Peter A. McGowan. “We will be especially vigilant during nights and weekends; high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.”
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