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EOPSS launched its biannual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" (DSOGPO) enforcement and educational campaign on December 7th. Funding was provided to the State police and more than 150. local police departments to conduct zero-tolerance, high visibility impaired driving enforcement mobilizations in which patrols are conducted at high incident locations throughout the state. Complementing these efforts will be Drug Recognition Experts (DREs), officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and sobriety checkpoints featuring Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobiles.
DSOGPO also serves to educate the public that alcohol, drugs, and distractions are all impairments and that drivers have a responsibility to stay off the road if impaired in any manner. Our video ads below will run on television, online, and at movie theaters across the state throughout the holiday season.
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.