JERSEY CITY, NJ – Hudson County Sheriff’s Officers will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 9, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017, local, county and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
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 was awarded $5,000 to put out extra patrols during the holiday season to combat impaired driving.
“During the last five years New Jersey has experienced approximately 41,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 800 fatalities,” said Sheriff Frank Schillari. “Getting this grant allows me to put out extra officers to specifically look for impaired driver and to conduct a sobriety checkpoint.”
According to the NJ Dept. of Highway Traffic Safety, last year, 29% 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.
“Everyone should enjoy the holiday season, but do so responsibly, driving while you are impaired can ruin your holiday or someone else’s” Sheriff Schillari said.
Sheriff Schillari offers some advice to help keep you and others safe this holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, 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.