August 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM
EDISON, NJ - The Edison Police Department is currently cracking down on impaired drivers as part of the nationwide initiative, "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over."
An increased police presence specifically assigned to locating drivers under the influence will be patrolling Edison's streets through Labor Day paid for by a $5,000 grant awarded to Edison by New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
“If drunk driving was eliminated, more than 150 lives would be spared each year in New Jersey,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. “The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is calling on hundreds of law enforcement agencies to join in the fight against drunk driving. By working together, increasing public awareness and using a no-excuses approach to enforcement, we can send the strong message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.”
During last year’s crackdown, law enforcement made 1,365 DWI arrests statewide. They also issued 5,710 citations for speeding, 4,153 for seatbelt violations, 3,563 for driving with a suspended license and 936 for reckless driving. Nearly 1,800 fugitives were apprehended during the campaign
Penalties for a first DWI arrest can include fines of up to $500, 30 days in jail, one-year driver’s license suspension and court costs. Successive DWI arrests carry stiffer penalties.
Nationwide in 2012, Labor Day weekend saw 147 drunk-driving fatalities. To put it in perspective, throughout the year someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes, on average. Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 34 minutes. And not surprisingly, nighttime is the worst, with almost half (46 percent) of all nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Launched in December 1999, the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown is a partnership of criminal justice and traffic safety partners in all 50 States that is committed to reducing deaths from impaired driving. Thanks to the combined efforts of thousands of devoted public and private partners, more than 150 million Americans have learned about the campaign from newspapers, the Internet, and from radio and television broadcasts.
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