From Dec. 6, 2013 through Jan. 2, 2014, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
“This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent,” said Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo of the Montclair Traffic Bureau. “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.”
Last year in New Jersey, 19% of all motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" 2013 holiday statewide crackdown offer the following advice:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
- Always buckle up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.