The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office has joined the end-of-year drunk driving crackdown known as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The initiative began on Friday and continues through January 1st, where local, county and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
“The holiday season is a time for joy, family and happiness, there is nothing more heartbreaking then a tragedy this time of year. That is why my officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers,” Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said in a statement.
“If we catch you driving while you are impaired, you will be arrested. We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, we want you to do it safely and responsibly, don’t drink and drive.”
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a federal grant given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the New Jersey Department of Highway Traffic Safety.
The sheriff’s office will have extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the county in an effort to curb driving while intoxicated.
Additionally, Schillari offers some advice to help keep you and others safe this holiday season:
•Take mass transit, a taxicab, car service or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
•Spend the night where the activity or party 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.
•Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.