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Plymouth Police Stepping Up Drunken-Driving Patrols Tonight

One the biggest drinking night of the year, local police aim to curtail drunken driving.

As throngs of patrons descend upon downtown Plymouth tonight for what is traditionally the biggest drinking night of the year, local police are looking to ensure the roads stay free of drunken drivers. 

"The day before Thanksgiving is considered the biggest drinking day of the year, so we do step up patrols," Plymouth Director of Public Safety Al Cox said. 

Cox said the department is bringing in an extra officer focused on stopping drunken drivers.

"We bring a guy in who is going to be focused 100 percent solely on alcohol enforcement, enforcing drunk driving as well as being out on foot walking through the establishments doing (liquor license compliance) checks," Cox said. 

Cox said the purpose of the operation isn't to hamper local business — he said many patrons plan for their Thanksgiving Eve festivities much as they would for New Year's Eve festivities, arranging beforehand for a designated driver or cab service.

"We certainly don’t want people to not come down and have a good time," Cox said. "They need to do it appropriately and follow the rules and be safe."

Cox said the he takes enforcing drunken driving—a charge that carries hefty legal fines and poses a public safety risk—seriously.

"If you drink and drive, I will make no apologies to anyone when we arrest you," he said.

Options available to avoid drunken driving

Cox said in addition to increased police patrols on city streets, local cab services also will have an increased presence to help provide a safe trip home for bar patrons.

Many local bars, Cox said, arrange with cab services to have cars available within the city limits. 

"The cab companies know that Plymouth is going to be active that night," Cox said.

Plymouth-area bars, Cox said, also often keep a list of local cab services and are willing to call a cab for patrons. 

Ensuring a safe ride home for patrons is in local businesses' best interests, Cox said.

No bar owner wants to be the establishment that over-served someone who causes a drunken-driving accident, Cox said, and be subjected to subsequent lawsuits.

Patrons also can locate local cab services with the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority's smartphone app, which provides a list of local providers.

Bryan Bentley November 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I would like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving. As you well know, some of us have been lucky not to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the various social sessions over the years. A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends and had a few too many scotches and then topped it off with a shot. Not a good idea. Knowing full well I was at least slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before: I took a taxi home. Sure enough I passed a police road block, but because it was a taxi, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise. I have never driven a taxi before and am not sure where I got it.
Bruce November 21, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I'll drink to that.
Hawaiikev1 November 22, 2012 at 02:33 AM
not again
Hawaiikev1 November 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
So does that mean the City Police wont be sitting around the station all night? they will be out work at least tonight. Couldn't we install more cameras to catch drunk drivers and let the City Police RELAX. They have a large city to protect.

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