Drive Sober campaign to increase patrol in Northampton

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Published: 8/11/2017 4:12:18 PM

Northampton Police will increase impaired driving patrols after receiving a grant from the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

More than 200 local police departments across the state and the state police, as well as the Northampton department, will take part  in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.

“Drivers who have had too much to drink or ingested marijuana are a menace to everyone on the road with them,” Capt. John Cartledge said in a statement. “This grant funding will allow us to add patrols specifically to remove impaired drivers and as a result reduce the needless deaths and injuries they cause.”

This year’s campaign will include the marijuana impairment as well as the increased impairment caused when alcohol and marijuana are combined, according to police.

A survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found drugs in 22 percent of all drivers both on weekend nights and on weekdays during 2013 to 2014.

 “There is clear evidence that drivers who have used marijuana, especially in combination with alcohol, are significantly impaired,” Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division, said in a statement. “We are urging motorists to plan ahead for a sober ride home by using public transportation, a ride-sharing service or a designated driver.”


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