The Plymouth State University Police and the Plymouth Police Department are combining efforts to combat teenage drinking and driving, as well as the enforcement of seat belt use. Through the end of the year, both departments will be focusing their enforcement efforts in support of two national campaigns: You Drink and Drive, You Lose and Operation ABC Mobilization.
“Our primary goal is to promote a safe holiday season,” says University Police Officer Michael Barney, coordinator of the campaign. “By heightening awareness on seat belt laws and cracking down on people who choose to drink and drive, we can help ensure fewer peoples’ lives will be at risk.”
You Drink and Drive, You Lose will take place from Dec. 19 through Jan. 4, 2004. Impaired driving fatalities are on the rise in all states and heavy enforcement during the holiday season has proven to be a deterrent.
Operation ABC Mobilization is a two-week enforcement and education effort to encourage teens and young adults to buckle up. New data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that half of all young adults who die in crashes are unrestrained. Teens are dying at a higher rate in crashes because they are caught in a lethal intersection of inexperience, risk taking and low seat belt use. Combined with teenage drinking, not using seat belts are tragedies that are predictable and preventable.
The enforcement effort is on-going through Nov. 30.
To support the national campaigns, Chief Tony Raymond of the Plymouth Police Department says, “We put more concentrated patrols on the road and they are usually very successful.”