(UNION CITY, NEW JERSEY) — Beginning August 16, 2019 and continuing through September 2, 2019, Union City along with other local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign aims to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through law enforcement visibility and public education. “New Jersey has experienced thousands of alcohol involved crashes and many resulting in fatalities,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “It is critical that law enforcement participate in this life saving campaign.”
Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in alcohol related crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
The Union City Police Department encourages residents who are drinking to:
- Take mass transit, a taxi, Uber or Lyft, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night at the event location.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions could save lives.
- Always buckle-up. Seat belts are your best defense against an impaired driver.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.