The City will participate in the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.
Local and State law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
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 public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs.
More than 10,000 people are killed in the U.S. each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, and these crashes cost our society nearly $50 billion annually. There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired, they will be arrested.
Law enforcement agencies offer the following advice:
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol before going out.
- Take mass transit, a taxi 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 can dial #77 to report a drunken or aggressive driver.
- Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in a 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.