SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Drunk driving kills more than ten-thousand people every year. The deadliest day of the year is January 1st.
The Massachusetts State Police have arrested more than 13 people a day on average this year for drinking and driving. They'll be out targeting drunk drivers through the end of the year.
The message is clear and out there. You see the messages when you're driving on the highway. If you're going out this weekend or New Year's eve designate a driver or find another way home. State police say there is a higher risk of people drinking and driving during the holiday season.
"One of the problems with alcohol is that it impairs judgment. So people may not realize how intoxicated
they are and then make bad decisions like getting behind the wheel", says Massachusetts State Police Trooper Douglas Grout.
The State Police will out enforcing drunk driving laws because New Year's day is one of the deadliest
days of the year.
"New Years Day is the highest number of alcohol related traffic deaths that occur. One-third of those
aren't even the driver of the car, but the people they kill by being a drunk driver", says Sandra Marsian from AAA Pioneer Valley.
Those are the passengers, sober drivers in cars that are hit and people walking on the street or sidewalk.
"(It's) never the drunk driver gets hurt its always somebody else", says Waterbury, Connecticut's Jose Vargas.
The most important thing you can do is plan ahead.
"The true thing that people have to remember is to be a good host is to make sure that your guests are
safe that they have a designated driver, established when they walk through the door and if they don't
then you have the capability to house them that night", says Marsian.
The Massachusetts State Police have already arrested more than 4800 people this year for drunk driving.