The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office will implement extra street patrols between August 21 and September 7 to crack down on drunk driving as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The added patrols come as part of a $5,000 education and enforcement grant received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving is reckless and preventable,” Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said in a statement.
“My officers will be out day and night to send a clear message – If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested.”
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools including posters, banners and mobile video display signs.
The campaign was founded in 1999 and is launched on Labor Day Weekend because of the high number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) Arrests and DWI related motor vehicle crashes traditional seen during that time period.
The Sheriff’s office recommends using a designated driver or taking mass transportation if you will be consuming alcohol during the late summer holiday season, also suggesting residents get a ride home from a sober friend or cab – even if they planned on walking home – as a safety precaution.
In addition to the enforcement and education campaign, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office will be operating a DWI Sobriety Check Point on Friday August 28th on Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City.