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Northampton Police adding more 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' patrols

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The Northampton Police Department recently received a grant that will allow them to increase patrols the rest of the month.

It's all part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The rules are simple: drive sober or get pulled over.

For the next three weeks, Northampton Police are adding more patrol cars to the street to make sure people aren't driving impaired.

"It's such a dangerous thing to be out there driving impaired, not only for the public, but for the people operating as well.  These types of grants and enforcement efforts save lives, so we're out there vigilant," said Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge.

The department told Western Mass News that they received the grant from the Mass. Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

Their patrols go beyond just looking out for drunk drivers.

"There's marijuana, any type of hallucinogen substance that could impair your operation of a vehicle.  Certainly, you don't want to get behind the wheel and drive.  You should call a friend, call a relative, taxi, Uber, whatever you need to to get home safely," Cartledge said, adding that "Northampton is a destination city anyway and with the colleges, we have colleges in town and the local area too, and our nightlife is just really busy in general, so with all that in play, people commuting through here for work, certainly busy time all year for us."

Officers said that there are a number of violations they pay attention to out on the road.

"Weaving over the line, drifting over the line, going back and forth, following too closely to another vehicle in front of you.  Also. we're looking for some of the ways that you operate safely, so if you're coming to a stop sign, do it appropriately," Cartledge explained.

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