Be alert: Don’t drive drunk or high this holiday weekend

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An unfortunate side effect of the holiday season: an increase in impaired driving. 

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, but it also starts a risky period on the roads.     

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 500 people were killed in crashes during the long holiday weekend last year. About half of those who lost their lives weren’t wearing seatbelts.

They’re reminding drivers to put away your phone, wear a seatbelt, drive at a safe speed, and don’t drive drunk or high.

Wednesday night is a big night for drinking before Thursday’s holiday, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Uber have teamed up to provide free rides in the Boston area and in Rhode Island Wednesday night to help prevent drunk driving.  

“It’s actually really nice that Uber and Lyft are around places like this so that you can use them, especially if there are college students going out,” said Amanda Socha of New Hampshire. “It’s great, and I would hope a lot of people are utilizing those services.”

The NHTSA reminds drivers to designate a sober driver this holiday season.     

Police are keeping an eye out for impaired drivers.

State Police have announced plans to set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Hampden County over the long weekend.

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