(L to R: Accepting the Amherst PD MADD Award, Det. Rich MacLean, Ofc. Rita Contardo, Ofc. Benton Carr, Ofc. Andrew Hulse and Ofc. Nick Chandler)
MADD to Honor the Everyday Heroes of Amherst Police Department
Amherst PD named as September ‘s MADD Police Department of the Month
(Amherst, MA) September 29, 2014 –On Tuesday, September 30th at 12 noon, MADD Massachusetts will honor the men and women of the Amherst Police Department for their commitment to enforcing drunk driving laws and their work to prevent underage drinking by presenting them with MADD Massachusetts “Police Department of the Month” award at their headquarters located at 111 Main Street in Amherst, MA.
Every month the award will be presented to local police departments across the Commonwealth who have displayed a strong commitment to enforcing OUI laws as well as efforts to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking. The monthly awards will culminate with the presentation of a “Department of the Year” award which will be selected from the monthly award winners.
"Keeping our roads safe is dangerous and thankless work," said David DeIuliis, MADD Massachusetts program manager. "We consider the men and women of the Amherst PD everyday heroes and this award is MADD's way of saying thank you for their commitment to keeping our communities safe. The Amherst PD is a top notch department that always goes the extra mile when it comes to the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking. We are honored to present this award to Chief Scott Livingstone and his officers.”
Removing drunk drivers continues to be a year round public safety priority for the Amherst Police. To date in 2014 Amherst Police Have arrested 77 persons for Operating Under the influence. In 2013 Amherst Officers arrested 127 persons for Operating Under the influence
In addition to strict enforcement, the Amherst PD believes that preventing and deterring drunk drivers and underage drinking also reduces the risk to the public.
“The men and women of the Amherst Police Department are truly committed to the safety of our community and I am very proud of their hard work enforcing the OUI laws and keeping the roadways of Amherst safe,” Said Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone. “We do not have the benefit of having a dedicated traffic enforcement division, as many communities do, so this extraordinary effort is indicative of the dedication of our personnel. The Amherst community is lucky to be served by such hard working and committed men and women.”
The Amherst Police Department regularly participates in national crackdown and mobilization efforts like “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” as well as routinely conducting Sobriety Checkpoints with the Massachusetts State Police.
Nationally, every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash and every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime. In Massachusetts 123 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012, representing 35% of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth.
Founded in 1980, MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. For more information about MADD visit our website at madd.org