Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. There were 114 OUI fatalities in Massachusetts in 2012, which were 34 percent of traffic-related fatalities last year, according to Mothers…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tri-County medical careers seniors conduct school wide survey among juniors and seniors about drinking and driving.
Tuesday, April 23
Seniors at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School were met with a startling scene outside of the school’s main entrance on the morning of Wednesday, April 3. Amid two wrecked cars and broken glass, one of their own classmates kneeled on the parking lot pavement beside the motionless body of his prom date. As he called out for help, two of his fellow seniors lay silently a few feet away, trapped inside one of the crashed vehicles. Staged by the Franklin Police Department, Franklin Fire Department, Tri-County medical careers students, postsecondary cosmetology students and Tri-County’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, last week’s simulated car crash scene was held to raise students’ awareness about the …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Massachusetts State Police and local police departments will be out this holiday weekend looking for drunk, impaired and dangerous drivers.
Drunk driving arrests by Massachusetts State Police increased by 30 percent or more than 1,100 drivers, said Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Timothy Allen at a press conference outside of Massachusetts State Police headquarters in Framingham Friday morning. As of yesterday, Dec. 27, Massachusetts State Police had arrested 4,866 individuals and charged them with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. In 2011, Massachusetts State Police arrested 3,728 individuals. medfield Massachusetts State Police and local police departments will be out in force this holiday weekend looking for drunk, impaired and dangerous drivers on the roads, as part of their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign. …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey and are police chiefs launch county-wide "Ensign John R. Elliott Be A HERO Campaign" against drunk driving.
The following is a press release issued by the Norfolk County District Attorney's office. Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey was joined by more than half of his county’s police chiefs at Patriot Place on Nov. 2 to launch the "Be A Norfolk County Hero" designated driver campaign with Bill and Muriel Elliott, who lost their son to a drunk driver. The Elliotts founded the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers in 2003 after their son was killed by a drunk driver as he headed home to celebrate his mother’s birthday in 2000. John had just graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was set to train as a naval flight officer. The District Attorney financed an alcohol server training session this morning …
Friday, October 26, 2012
In this column, you ask questions and Patch finds the answers.
Recently, Medfield Police arrested a man whom they charged with "operating public way vehicle without ignition interlock device." Say what? That entry was confusing to many and prompted a call to the police department for more information. Translation: Police officials explained that someone charged with this offense had likely been convicted of an OUI [operating under the influence] in the past, and now has a "Restriction Z" on his license. Such a restriction would require any vehicle he drives to have an "ignition interlock device" -- essentially, a self-administered breathalyzer test connected to the car's starter -- which detects the amount of alcohol on his breath. If the levels are too high, he fails the test, and the car won't …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Road Race at Gillette Stadium and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey will support anti-drunk driving HERO Campaign
The Finish at the 50 road race that ends at Gillette Stadium’s midfield on July 3 will include the HERO (Human Education Resource Officer) Campaign among the charities it supports this year, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. The 5K, 10K and Kids’ Run are part of an all-day event starting at noon with children’s activities around Patriot Place and the stadium and ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. The Kid’s Run, which also ends at the 50-yard line, begins at 3 p.m.; the adult races start at 6 p.m. “When runners register on-line, they can choose from a small list of charities that will benefit from their registration fees,” Morrissey said. “I will be there with the parents of Ensign John R. Elliott, for whom…