Town of Nahant


You Drink, You Drive, You Lose Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Campaign?

Launched in December of 1999, the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Campaign is a national partnership between Law Enforcement, community agencies, businesses, schools and others who are committed to reducing deaths from impaired driving to not more that 11,000 nationwide by 2005.

The intent is to build on the incredible momentum and the hard work already taking place in communities throughout America aimed at stopping impaired driving and saving lives.

Who Supports the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose campaign?

Studies show that the majority of Americans consider impaired driving to be one of our nations most important social issues. Nearly 97 percent of American view impaired driving as a major threat to communities.

On a national level, the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Campaign is supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MADD, SADD, Remove Intoxicated Drivers and other group interested in making our communities safer.

In Massachusetts, promoting the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Campaign is a major initiative of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. As part of the MCOPA efforts three training session on the You Drink. You Drive You Lose Campaign Strategies were conducted across the state, technical assistance is being provided to local departments for program implementation and 26 departments across the state were awarded mini – grants to assist with enforcement during the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose Mobilization weekend occurring on December 21 – 23, 2001

Lights on For Life

On December 21, 2001, The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is asking that all motorists drive with their headlights on. This visual sign is to memorialize those who have lost their lives as a result of alcohol related motor vehicle crashes.

Lights on for life is also a reminder to all who live, work or travel in your community that everyone must do their part to increase the safely on our roadways.

How big is the Impaired Driving problem in the United States?

Impaired Driving is a serious crime that kill innocent people each year. In 2000, 16,653 people died on our roadways as a result of an impaired driver. That figure reflects an increase of nearly 1,000 deaths over the prior year. We have reached a cross road in our effort to prevent this deadly crime. The Unites States is at a critical point where we all must do our part to significantly reduce the number of alcohol related crashes.

In the United States some one dies in a car crash every 13 minutes. Every 33 minutes someone dies in an alcohol related car crash. This number is high and rising. The victims are could be someone’s mother, father, spouse, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandparent or friend. Do your part to make sure this type of tragedy does not affect you life.

Steps to Reduce Impaired Driving

There are many ways residents can assist law enforcement in the effort to reduce the incident of impaired driving:

-If you plan to drive ------ Do Not Drink
-Choose a sober designated driver.
-Take public transportation.
-If you are hosting a gathering be sure to have non – alcoholic beverages.
-Celebrate Responsibly.


Robert C. Dwyer
Chief Of Police



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