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New Jersey Police Departments Gearing Up For Drunken Driving Crackdown This Month


Date: August 18, 2017

MORRIS COUNTY – This month, Police departments in New Jersey are getting ready for a crackdown on DUI drivers.

The crackdown is scheduled under the campaign named “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” which will start from 18th of August and will end on 4th of September.

During the scheduled time, local and state law enforcement officers will set up sobriety checkpoints and more cops will be on-duty patrolling to catch individuals who will be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The campaign named, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was started to make people aware about the dangers of consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel. The law enforcement department utilized the educational activities to impart knowledge including national radio and television advertisements. They also took the help of posters, banners and mobile video display signs to show the dangers of drunk and drugged driving.

According to the Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Gary Poedubicky, “Despite years of enforcement and public awareness efforts, too many people still make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel while impaired. Nearly 30 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related. This is a zero tolerance campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired, they will be arrested.”

The crackdown and the checkpoints are set up under the campaign to stop drunk drivers during the busy summer travel season in which the Labor Day holiday period is also included.

The campaign is funded by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and grants are provided to local police agencies all over the state to run the two-week campaign. During the crackdown period in 2016, the number of individuals taken into custody was 1,648.

This year in the crackdown, the following police departments have announced their participation:

  • Chester
  • Hanover
  • Rockaway Township
  • Sparta

More departments may be added.

Advice given to motorists by law enforcement agencies participating in the 2017 campaign was as follows:

  • Use a taxi or any other means of travelling back home or ask anyone who is sober to drive you home.
  • Don’t rush to get back home but stay at the place where the party is hosted instead.
  • If anyone is planning to consume alcohol, designate a sober driver or friend who will not consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
  • Don’t forget to wear the seat belt no matter on which seat in the car you are riding because it is the best defense against a DUI driver.

News Source: www.NJ.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.