Safe driving campaign urges people not to drive under the influence this holiday season

Massachusetts

The holidays are coming up, and it’s a time of the year for parties and get-togethers, but the state wants people to be safe while celebrating.

The safe driving campaign launched this week, and it shows the dangers of driving drunk or high. 

The campaign urges drivers to find alternate transportation if they have been drinking or using marijuana and stresses the importance of having a plan to get home before starting the party. 

Cabs, public transportation, or a sober driver are all ways of getting home safe according to the campaign.

“They’ve seen more incidents of that in Colorado and Oregon and I’m sure we’ll see the same thing here,” said Chet Bobala. “Always worry about the holidays, especially with the drinking and driving. New Year’s Eve and things like that.”

It’s the state’s first safe driving campaign since retail stores began selling recreational marijuana.

An average of 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes between 2012 and 2016 were found to have both alcohol and drugs in their system, with marijuana being the most prevalent of the drugs identified. 

As part of the campaign, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security announced it will provide funding to the State Police and 139 local departments for impaired driving enforcement patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

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