The North Bergen Police Department is the latest Hudson County law enforcement agency to announce their participation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Beginning December 8 and continuing through January 1, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
â€œDuring the last five years New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 750 fatalities,” Police Chief Robert Dowd said in a statement.
â€œThis is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent.â€
The national â€œDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ€ effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.
Last year, 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Â·Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Â·Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
Â·If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someoneâ€™s life, and inaction could cost a life.
Â·Always buckle-up, every ride. Itâ€™s your best defense against an impaired driver.
Â·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.
Â·Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.