Bedford Police Department to Conduct Saturation Patrols Focused on Impaired Driving

All residents are welcome to a Police Department Open House on Wednesday, November 1 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Submitted by the Bedford Police Department:

Chief John Fisher of the Bedford Police Department announces anticipated saturation patrols with a focus on impaired driving, and also shares the following safety tips.

The purpose of the saturation patrols is to educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, and to promote the necessity of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs from the roadway. An additional purpose is to deter operators from driving while under the influence in the future.

The patrols will occur throughout the Town of Bedford and will be conducted in a manner to be minimally disruptive to the motoring public.

“We are hoping to remind all drivers: If you plan to drink or to become impaired, plan to get a ride home and do not drive yourself,” said Chief Fisher. “Our officers will be on patrol looking for impaired drivers, and nothing would please us more than to find none in need of enforcement.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 13,384 crash-related deaths in 2021 involved alcohol-impaired drivers. This represented 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. for the year, and a 14.2 percent increase from 2020.

Motorists are reminded of the following:

  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • If you plan to drink, make a plan ahead of time for a sober ride home. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving. Instead, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home safely.
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911.
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