William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Randolph Police Participating in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department will be increasing the number of patrols on local roads as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” summer campaign.
The initiative is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division and will continue through the remainder of the summer.
Police urge motorists who have been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs to plan ahead and designate a driver, use a ride-sharing service or take public transportation.
“The summertime is great for cookouts and parties, but it is also one of the most dangerous times of year to be on the road,” Chief Pace said. “If you have been drinking or partying, please do not put yourself and others at risk by getting behind the wheel.”
Randolph Police will have several officers on the lookout for impaired and reckless drivers over the coming weeks. 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.
“Getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, using marijuana or both is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do,” said Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division. “A little planning can save your life or someone else’s. Regret or remorse won’t bring someone back.”
According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, marijuana or marijuana-type drugs were the most prevalent types of drugs found in people killed in crashes from 2011 to 2016.
From 2015 to 2016, alcohol impaired driving fatalities increased 9 percent (109 to 119) in the state.
The Randolph Police Department is joining local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, by enhancing its efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.
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 and incur the cost of significant fines and expenses.