They will be doing all they can to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
From August 18 through September 4, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office hopes intoxicated drivers don’t get behind the wheel — but if they do, they’ll find them.
The campaign raises awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools.
According to Sheriff Frank Schillari, crashes caused by drunk drivers are preventable, and thousands of people die yearly because of alcohol related crashes.
“My officers will be out looking for impaired drivers and getting them off the road before they can cause harm,” Schillari says. “The Sheriff’s Office will have roving patrols as well as a Sobriety Check Point as part of their enforcement efforts.”
With all the transportation options available today, there is no reason to drive drunk, the Sheriff says.
“We want everyone to enjoy the end of summer, but we want drivers to do it safely and responsibly.”
Schillari recommends the following tips:
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
- Take mass transit — a taxi, Uber, Lyft or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
- Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.