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Police step up enforcement of underage drinking, drunken driving
RUMFORD -- Police are stepping up enforcement details to deter underage drinking and drivers operating under the influence, said Rumford Police Chief Stacy Carter in a news report.
"We will be aggressively enforcing those laws," he said.
The department will conduct high-visibility, enforcement details through Sept. 6. Carter said the efforts are part of the nationwide High Visibility Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign.
"This is an impaired driving enforcement program designed to target and decrease the number of impaired drivers on our highways," he said.
The program supports the 2013 DriveSober Maine campaign.
Additionally, Rumford police will conduct extra patrols during the same time.
A $9,000 grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is funding these efforts, Carter said.
"The Rumford Police Department asks for voluntary compliance to keep the motoring public safe," he said.
"Don't risk it. If you plan to drive, don't drink. Choose a sober designated driver before going out. Take a taxicab or ask a friend to drive you home. Spend the night where the activity is being held.”
As always, the department also encourages people to report impaired drivers to law enforcement, as well as anonymous tips.
The Bureau of Highway Safety offered these tips:
Be responsible -- If you will be drinking, plan not to drive. Designate a sober driver or find another way home by using a taxi or public transportation, if available, calling a sober friend or family member, or plan to spend the night.
Watch out for others -- If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact police. Your actions may save someone’s life.
Tips offered by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition:
Take some simple steps to “party smarter” whether you’re out at bars, clubs, restaurants, or at a friends’ home or in your home.
Plan - Where are you going? Who are you going with? How are you getting home?
Prepare - Eat, drink water, and make sure you take just enough money to have a good time. Leave the credit cards at home!
Pace – Limit how much you drink in a night.