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Holiday safety in the Granite State: Tips and warnings from State Troopers

Nearly 100 people have died in New Hampshire accidents so far this year. In the Granite State, as across the country, the number of traffic fatalities increases dramatically over the holiday season, according to state police Captain John LeLacheur.

The troopers in five states in New England have started a new campaign this year that will increase police presence in the region during this month. The goal, LeLacheur told the Boston Globe, is not to arrest more people or dole out more traffic tickets, but to protect citizens.

"Hopefully, if drivers see a lot of police activity on their travels they will discipline themselves. We want to change their attitudes and make them say, 'I'm not going to drive like a fool because every two or five miles I see a trooper and I don't want that $300 ticket,'" LeLacheur told the newspaper.

Aside from speeding, the trooper also discouraged drinking and driving, an especially prevalent problem during the holidays, when many travel across state lines to visit family and celebrate with a few glasses of wine.

A press release issued by the New Hampshire State Police before Thanksgiving offered suggestions for revelers in the Granite State:

♦ Always have a designated driver when going out.
♦ Call a taxi or sober family member if you or those in your party are unable to drive.
♦ Call police or 911 if you suspect another driver of impairment.
♦ Plan ahead by arranging a ride or your route home.
♦ Take public transportation.

Finally, LeLacheur told the newspaper that everyone on the road should always wear a seat belt.

If you have been accused of DUI or injured in an accident caused by alcohol, contact an experienced New Hampshire DWI attorney to ensure that you receive justice.

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