Hingham: Designated driver program gets support from local hospital

South Shore Hospital is supporting an effort by the Hingham Police Department to limit the number of drunk drivers on the road this holiday season.

Dr. Robert Driscoll, who’s the Director of Trauma at South Shore Hospital, says drunk driving accidents can cause serious injury to all parts of the body including the brain and skeleton, “We see the consequences of motor vehicle crashes all the time but it is particularly concentrated in the holiday times, both Christmas and New Years time and then at the Fourth of July, and we see an influx in both critically injured patients and an increase in motor vehicle crashes resulting in deaths.”

But South Shore Hospital is hoping to see fewer crash victims with the help of a pledge that Hingham police are organizing. All South Shore residents are asked to either be the designated driver when celebrating the holidays or drive with one.

The pledge is part of a promotion called “Do it Right, Win a Night”. A pledger will be randomly selected by Hingham police and receive a free night out in a limousine.

The promotion ends January 2nd.

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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.