Dedham police are joining 126 other departments in Massachusetts in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over program in the coming weeks.
Starting tonight, police will be cracking down on drunk and impaired driving with the help of federal funds disbursed through the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
The program continues through Labor Day weekend.
Across the country in 2011, there was one alcohol-impaired driving-related fatality every 53 minutes, according to a statement from Dedham Police Chief Michael d’Entremont released Thursday. In the same year, 114 people died as a result of alcohol-related crashes in Massachusetts, the statement continued.
Dedham police will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2, the statement said.
“Our message is simple and unwavering: operate a vehicle impaired and we will arrest you. No exceptions,” d’Entremont wrote.
Consequences of getting pulled over while impaired include jail time, fines, suspension or loss of license, increased insurance rates, attorney and court costs, lost wages and potential loss of job or job prospects, according to d’Entremont.