WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange Police will be stationed at sobriety checkpoints around the township beginning Aug. 15 as part of the National 2014 Labor Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
In addition to the sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols will also seek out motorists who may be driving intoxicated. 22 percent of New Jersey motor vehicle fatalities in 2013 were the direct cause of alcohol impairment. On July 22, the West Orange Township Council voted to approve receipt of a $5,000 Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant to run the two-week campaign, slated for Aug. 15-Sept. 1.
“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving is reckless and preventable,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “During this campaign police agencies in New Jersey will be sending a clear message. If drivers are caught driving impaired they will be arrested.”
According to West Orange Public Information Officer Jessica Glicker, “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. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period."
One of this year's tag lines on the Division of Highway Traffic's website is "Buzzed driving is drunk driving."
The West Orange Police Department recommends the following:
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; or spend the night where the activity is held.