PENOBSCOT COUNTY – Officials say during the holiday season, the number of people arrested for driving under the influence goes up.
“We know that people who are impaired kill people,” said Christian Bailey, Hampden’s director of public safety. “We know that across this country over 10,000 people a year lose their lives to people who are driving while impaired.”
With it being one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, more people are out on the roads.
That means not only more drivers, but extra law enforcement, too.
“State Police will be out doing more patrols with marked and unmarked cruisers, as well as the aircraft for speeding motorists,” said Sgt. Aaron Turcotte of the Maine State Police. “On top of that, the State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Enforcement Team will have units out throughout the week and weekend to ensure people are being safe.”
There are endless consequences for choosing to drive under the influence.
“You will be arrested. Your car will be towed. You will be charged with criminal operating under the influence,” Turcotte said. “With that, there are minimum mandatory fines and potential jail time you can face.”
If you’re questioning your ability to drive, the safe answer is not to.
Instead of driving drunk, police suggest having a designated driver or calling a ride share service.
“It’s just so preventable,” Bailey added. “It’s just a matter of doing the right thing, that you have provisions in place that if you are going to be consuming alcohol, you’re not going to be driving a vehicle.”
If you do plan on enjoying a couple of cold ones over the holiday season, just remember to be safe.
The only thing you should be worried about is spending enough time with loved ones.