There were 349 motor vehicle-related fatalities in Massachusetts in 2012.
Thirty-five percent of these deaths involved alcohol-impaired driving where the BAC (blood alcohol content) of a driver was .08 or higher.
To reduce impaired driving, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD) has a statewide campaign called: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
This campaign coordinates extra state and local traffic enforcement, paid and earned media, and community education during three-week mobilizations. There are three upcoming mobilizations for 2014-2015.
- August 13 - September 1, 2014
- December 1, 2014 - January 2015
- August 14, 2015 - September 4, 2015
EOPSS-HSD also provides grant funding to the State Police to conduct almost year-round sobriety checkpoints with two Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobiles with support from local police.
Melanie's Law was signed into effect on October 28, 2005. It significantly increased penalties for impaired driving offenses in Massachusetts, especially those involving repeat drunk drivers.
For more information on efforts to reduce impaired driving:
- National Highway Traffic Administration
NHTSA is a federal agency responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, including those involving alcohol and other drugs.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
MADD is a non-profit grass roots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide that works to stop drunk driving, support the victims of violence, and prevent underage drinking.
- National Commission Against Drunk Driving
The mission of the NCADD is to reduce impaired driving and its tragic consequences. The NCADD web site provides national statistics and facts, access to the National Youth Resource Center, to the Alcohol Technology Resource Center, to a Media Center, research abstracts, the NCADD Holiday Party Guide and more.