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Peabody Police to crackdown on drunk driving through Labor Day holiday

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 20, 2013 01:45 PM

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The Peabody Police Department will join nearly 126 other law enforcement agencies statewide, and thousands nationwide to participate in an intensive crackdown on impaired driving through Labor Day on Monday Sept. 2.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" program is federally funded through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division. The crackdown kicked off on Saturday August 16 and will wrap up on Monday Sept. 2.

The Peabody Police Department said it is committed to promoting roadway safety and will be intensifying enforcement during the crackdown, according to an announcement from the department.

“Twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night," said a statement from Peabody Police Chief Robert L. Champagne. "We will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads."

According to the state, drunk driving is one most often committed and deadliest crimes in the US, leading to catastrophic human and economic losses. In 2011, 114 people died in drunk driving related crashes in the Commonwealth.

On average, there is one drunk driving-related fatality every 53 minutes across the US. The number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during the summer months, the announcement said.

Violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. 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.

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