The Hoboken Police Department has joined the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, meaning officers will be conducting drunk driving checkpoints and roving patrols between this Friday through the end of the summer season.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety Gary Poedubicky said in a statement. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”
“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.
In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.
The latest campaign to curb drunk driving will begin on Friday, August 19 and last through Labor Day, September 5.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown offer the following advice:
· If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
· Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
· Spend the night where the activity is held.
· Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
· If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.