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Dozens face DUI charges in Mass., N.H.

By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / November 30, 2010

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Dozens of drivers were arrested in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for allegedly driving drunk or under the influence of drugs over the long Thanksgiving weekend, police said.

State troopers patrolling Massachusetts roadways arrested 75 allegedly impaired drivers between Thursday and Sunday. Of those, 71 were allegedly drunk and four were believed to be driving under the influence of narcotics, State Police said.

New Hampshire State Police arrested 33 people for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Under a weekend program called Operation Care, 3,519 cars were stopped, nearly 1,000 drivers were cited for allegedly speeding, and dozens more were cited for other violations.

Of the 75 Massachusetts drunken driving arrests, 18 were made at one of two sobriety checkpoints at Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester and Route 1 in Peabody.

The numbers were virtually the same as they were last year, when 76 impaired drivers were arrested on roads in Massachusetts.

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at jguilfoil@globe.com.