The North Bergen Police Department is one of the latest in the state to announce their participation in the national end of summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“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 an aggressive public advertising campaign – including TV commercial and mobile video display designs.
The North Bergen Board of Commissioners recognized the efforts of the police department’s traffic division, headed by Det. Frank Mena, at this morning’s meeting.
The drunk driving crackdown began on August 19 and will continue through Labor Day, September 5.
“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” Gary Poedubicky, the acting director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 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.