A national law enforcement crackdown on drinking and driving started on August 15, and will conclude over Labor Day weekend. Local departments received funding through a grant and will participate in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The concept is to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving by using the high visibility enforcement of sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, where officers are dedicated to searching for intoxicated drivers.
Of the fatal motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey last year 22 percent were the result alcohol impaired operators. Each year more than 10,000 people are killed in the United States as a result of alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
If you drink and drive and are caught you will be arrested. Law enforcement has picked these dates as it is the busiest time of the summer for travel. If you plan to drink, designate a driver or someone who will pick you up. Take advantage of mass transit, taxi, buses or trains.
To report impaired drivers to law enforcement call 9-1-1, or dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.