Massachusetts State and Local Police, and MADD Join in Urging Drivers to Stay Sober as New Year's Eve Holiday Approaches
As part of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's (EOPSS) "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" Mobilization, Ron Bersani, whose granddaughter, Melanie Powell, was killed by a drunk driver in 2003, will join State Police and other safety advocates on Tuesday, Dec. 30 to urge drivers to stay sober for the New Year's Holiday, and release new State Police OUI enforcement statistics. The 11 a.m. press conference will be held next to Frog Pond on the Boston Common in an effort to remind Massachusetts residents of the dangers and consequences of drunk driving.
Mr. Bersani was a driving force behind "Melanie's Law," which enhanced penalties for repeat drunk drivers. Other participants will include the Boston Police Department, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EOPSS, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Organizers will also be serving up non-alcoholic beverage alternatives to passersby while encouraging them to make safe driving choices this holiday season and throughout the year.
When: 11 a.m.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Where: (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION) The Boston Common, Brewer Fountain (near entrance to Park Street MBTA station), Boston.
Background: The event is part of the Commonwealth's Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Mobilization, which began Dec. 12 and runs through Jan. 4. EOPSS is providing up to $700,000 in federal grant funds during the mobilization for extra traffic enforcement by the Massachusetts State Police and 216 local law enforcement agencies, and a coordinated public education campaign. State Police alone are rolling an additional 410 patrols, above and beyond their regular patrols.