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Campaign to reduce driving fatalities

Durham and Middlefield has joined the Connecticut State Police in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign on drunk and drugged driving.

The nationwide drunk and drugged driving initiative is sponsored by the Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Police. The coalition focuses on keeping Durham and Middlefield youth safe, successful and drug-free through education, support and collaboration.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is supported by national and local paid advertising to curb drunk and drugged driving in communities.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign reduces drunk and drugged driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent, according to Betsy Dean, director of Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services.

Drivers that are arrested for driving drunk brings a range of negative consequences. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of licenses, and financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court cost, lost time at work, and potential loss of job, according to Sargent Salvatore Clavo of the Connecticut State Police.

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