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Police watching for impaired motorists
During this holiday weekend, drivers in Rumford, Mexico and Dixfield will notice more patrols and roadblocks as police seek to get impaired drivers off roads.
Rumford Police Chief Stacy Carter said, “The Rumford Police Department asks for voluntary compliance to keep the motoring public safe."
“Our OUIs have come down a long ways, most likely because of the increased enforcement efforts and the grants themselves,” said Carter.
The Rumford Police Department will conduct high-visibility, enforcement details from now 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.
Extra patrol coverage will also be funded using grants from the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Carter said.