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Impaired driving

Learn more about the dangers of driving under the influence

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Each December, the Office of Grants and Research (OGR) partners with police agencies across the state as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.  OGR recently awarded grants to 125 local police departments and the State Police to increase impaired driving enforcement with overtime patrols targeting drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs during the holiday season.

Complementing these efforts will be an educational campaign titled Wisdom featuring local cannabis users talking about their personal experiences with, and thoughts on, driving after consuming cannabis, alcohol, or other drugs.  Impaired crashes are not accidents; they are preventable.  Wisdom’s ads serve as a reminder for drivers to recognize the responsibility they have to drive safely and to avoid getting behind the wheel if they are impaired.  Remember - If you feel different, you drive different 

For additional impaired driving information, please click on the links provided below:

NHTSA's Drug Impaired Driving Campaign

GHSA's Drug Impaired Driving

Ignition Interlock Devices

In October 2005, the Commonwealth passed legislation known as "Melanie's Law" increasing the penalties for operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OUI) of alcohol or controlled substances. "Melanie's Law" requires that an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) shall be installed and used by drivers with 2 or more OUIs for alcohol or controlled substances. The IID must remain installed for at least two years after reinstatement of full operating privileges and can only be removed if the driver has successfully completed all requirements of the IID program as well as not have any lockouts or program violations during the six months prior to the request to remove the IID. 

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