The following was submitted by Detective Michael Crane on behalf of the Peabody Police Department:
Peabody Police Chief Robert L. Champagne is pleased to announce that his officers 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.
The initiative is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 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. 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, and the number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during the summer months.
Violators often face jail time, loss of driving privileges, or are forced to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles. Financial hardships include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and increased insurance rates. A first offense can easily cost well over $5,000.
The Peabody Police Department is committed in regards to promoting roadway safety and will be intensifying enforcement during the crackdown.
"Twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night. We will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," Champagne said.