Hingham: Police ask drivers and drinkers to sign holiday pledge

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The Hingham Police Department’s Designated Driver program is year-round but for the first time their asking South Shore residents to sign a pledge that they will either be the sober driver in their group or they will be the passenger of a sober driver.

Hingham police have a goal of 500 signatures but taking the pledge won’t come without reward. On January3rd, Hingham police will randomly select the winner of a free limo ride. “The police department’s going to pay the tip for the driver. The business, A Plus Coach in Hingham, they donated the use of the limousine. It’s an 8-10 passenger white limosine; you’d get it for four hours and the winner would pick the night,” says Sergeant Steven Dearth

Anyone 21-years-old or older who lives in Eastern Massachusetts and is planning on visiting Hingham during the holiday season is eligible to win, as long as they sign the pledge on the Hingham Police Department’s website.

According to Sergeant Dearth, the average age of an arrested drunk driver is 34-years-old.

Hingham police have received a federal grant to hire extra patrolmen who will be on the lookout this Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday to Saturday for drunk drivers. “We try to combine that all and the ultimate goal of all these programs and the enforcement is so you can travel safely on the road without having to be injured or affected by a drunk driver,” explains Sergeant Dearth

Twenty-five establishments in Hingham are a part of the town’s year-round Designated Driver Program and offer free non-alcoholic drinks to a sober driver. The Rockland Police Department has a similar program and this is the second year several Rockland restaurants will also be offering free non-alcoholic drinks to a party or two or more.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.