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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Our biannual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization kicks off on August 14th and runs through Labor Day.  141 local police departments will be conducting zero tolerance patrols targeting drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. 

Complementing these efforts will be an educational campaign titled Wisdom comprised of TV ads filmed in Boston in July. Wisdom features local cannabis users talking about their personal experiences with, and thoughts on, driving after consuming cannabis, alcohol, or other drugs.  These interviews were turned into the :30 public service announcements below that will air throughout the rest of the summer.  

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

NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" 

GHSA's Drug Impaired Driving

CDC's pamphlet on "What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and 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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