Published On: Thu, Aug 3rd, 2017

Lambertville Police Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers Starting Aug. 19

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Lambertville Police will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2017 statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

From Aug. 19 through Sept. 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated, according to the City of Lambertville Police Department.

“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 29% of all traffic related deaths,” according to a law enforcement release. “There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested.”

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national program 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. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the holiday season.

As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2017 crackdown 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 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.

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