June 24, 2018
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Bangor police launching Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign over Fourth of July weekend

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — As part of the 2014 Drive Sober Maine grant it recently received from the Bureau of Highway Safety, the Bangor Police Department will beef up patrols starting over the Fourth of July weekend.

This program will continue throughout the summer, Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said Thursday in a news release.

“We know that holiday weekends bring a surge in drunk driving; therefore, the officers of the Bangor Police Department will be more visible and make a concerted effort to increase saturation patrols with the addition of sobriety checkpoints from now until the end of the summer season,” he said.

The police department urges everyone to plan a safe way home before starting their Fourth of July festivities, he said.

“Before drinking, please designate a sober driver. If you wait until you are impaired, you are more likely to make a bad decision,” Cotton said. “Use a taxi, call a friend or family member or seek public transportation options.”

Cotton said anyone who sees a drunk driver on the road should immediately contact local law enforcement agency as doing so could save a life.

“If you know someone who is about to operate any type of motor vehicle and that person has been drinking, be a true friend and take their keys,” he said. “Then help them find or arrange other ways to get where they are going safely.”

“The message is loud and clear: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” he said, adding, “Thanks, and have safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.”

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