Christopher Delmonte, Chief of Police
220 Pleasant St.
Bridgewater, MA 02324
For Immediate Release
Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Bridgewater Police to Participate in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
BRIDGEWATER — Chief Christopher D. Delmonte announces that the Bridgewater Police Department will be increasing the number of patrols on local roads as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The initiative is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division and will run from Aug. 9 through Sept. 4.
This year’s campaign focuses on educating drivers on the dangers of impairment caused by marijuana, and the exponentially increased impairment caused when marijuana and alcohol are combined.
Bridgewater Police will have several cruisers on the lookout for impaired and reckless driving. 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.
“Drivers who have had too much to drink or have ingested marijuana are putting themselves and everyone else on the road in serious danger,” Chief Delmonte said. “This grant will allow us to add patrols to specifically target impaired drivers and as a result, reduce the needless deaths and injuries they cause.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, marijuana or marijuana-type drugs were the most prevalent types of drugs found in people killed in crashes from 2010 to 2014, and mixing alcohol and marijuana may dramatically produce effects greater than either drug on its own.
The Bridgewater Police Department is joining more than 200 local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, running extra patrols as a part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.
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, along with incurring the cost of additional fines and expenses.