Randolph Police Participating in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
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.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents to Remain Safe and Sober While Driving This New Year’s Weekend

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Remind Residents to Remain Safe and Sober While Driving This New Year’s Weekend

RANDOLPH — With New Year’s celebrations and festivities coming up this weekend, Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department wish to emphasize the importance of remaining safe and sober while driving during the holidays.

“While we want everyone to enjoy themselves ringing in the new year, it is vital to the safety of our residents and community that people who are impaired never get behind the wheel,” Chief Pace said. “With the number of taxi cabs and ride-sharing services available, there is no excuse to drive under the influence.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40 percent of traffic fatalities that occur during the holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent for the rest of the year. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that, in 2016, 48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve were alcohol related.

To keep travelers safe, Chief Pace offers the following safety tips from the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Buckle Up, Drive Sober and Pay Attention

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Never drive while intoxicated or if distracted. In every state, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Do not text while driving and always keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Be sure to have a designated driver to ensure that you and your family members are safe at all times in the motor vehicle.
  • If you see anyone with an alcoholic beverage, or if a person smells of alcohol, do not get into the car or let that person drive.

Plan Ahead

  • Utilize local taxi companies or ride-sharing services if you are impaired.
  • Plan your travel and route by checking the weather, road conditions, and traffic. Leave early, if necessary, and allow plenty of time to safely get to your destination.
  • Carry items in your vehicle that may prove useful in the event of an emergency or if you get stranded, including snow shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, flares/emergency markers, blankets, mobile phone with charger, water, food and any necessary medicine.
  • If you become stranded, don’t run your vehicle with the windows up or in an enclosed space for an extended period of time to avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically – just long enough to stay warm.

For additional tips and information please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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