By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Beginning December 9 and running through January 1, 2017, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
â€œDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ€ is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and the campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy holiday season at the end of the year.
â€œMany people believe that after a few drinks theyâ€™re still safe to drive,â€ Gary Poedubicky, the Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, said in a statement.
â€œEven one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.â€
â€œThere is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,â€ he added.
In 2013, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jerseyâ€™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.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown encourage party goers to use a designated driver, take public transportation or a taxi, spend the night at a friend’s house and always buckle your seat belt.
Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante tweeted this afternoon that the department has already made driving while intoxicated arrests since the campaign began last night.
â€” Chief Ken Ferrante (@KenFerrante) December 10, 2016