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State Police bust 30 drivers
By David Liscio
Thursday, December 23, 2004

During the past six days, special Massachusetts State Police patrols arrested 30 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Another 866 citations were issued in the same time period, of which 138 were for seatbelt violations.

State Police Col. Thomas G. Robbins has vowed to continue that vigilance as the holiday season evolves. As he put it, "You drink and drive, you lose."

The mobilization of additional state troopers on highway and secondary road patrols stems from funding provided by the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau, a program of the Executive Office of Public Safety in coordination with the State Police.

According to Robbins, the mobilization runs from December 17, 2004 to January 3, 2005.

"The main intent of our efforts is to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related crashes on our roadways," said Robbins. "As a result, our participation in the current mobilization has resulted in a total of thirty arrests for operating under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics."

A total of 866 violations were issued including 138 safety belt violations.

These arrests and violations were in addition to those provided by our regular patrols.

"Each impaired driver arrested is one less impaired operator on our roadways and one less person whose actions could potentially affect innocent travelers this holiday season," said the colonel, adding that his troopers are trying to enforce the law while educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving, and to remind motorists that their best defense against a drunk driver is to always wear their safety belt.

Robbins reminded drivers to choose a sober, designated driver before celebrating.

"Use mass-transit, call a taxicab, or ask a friend to drive you home. Spend the night where the event is being held," he said.

Motorists who observe another driver that they believe is impaired should contact the State Police immediately by dialing *911 on a cell phone.

It should be added that some Local PDs such as Lowell have been a great support during the checkpoints. Hopefully, this cooperation will continue.
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