Drunken Driving Crackdown Starts Dec. 5 In Hackettstown
HACKETTSTOWN – Police will be cracking down on drivers who will be driving under the influence of alcohol as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign which will begin from 5th of December that coincides with the holiday season.
From 2nd of January, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for divers on the roads who may be driving under the influence of an intoxicant.
The main purpose of national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is to increase awareness among the people about the dangers of drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel with the help of a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.
Hackettstown’s Sgt. Darren Tynan said, “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent. This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them”.
In 2013, 22 percent of all motor vehicle deaths that happened in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 individuals die each year in drunk driving accidents. The societal cost associated with drunk driving accidents is estimated to be $37 billion per year.
Given below is advice from the Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2014 Year End Holiday Crackdown:
- Don’t go home after drinking at a party; stay at the party place instead.
- Hire a taxi or call a friend to take you home after the celebration if you are drunk.
- If any person sees an intoxicated driver on the road then inform the law enforcement to save lives of other individuals present on the road.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Don’t let a person drive a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.
News Source: www.NJ.com