WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Department is once again participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 13 until Sept. 1, a time of year when more people are likely to drink and drive.
In the last five years, over 750 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during Labor Day Weekend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“We’ll be increasing patrols to focus on impaired drivers, and we may run a DWI checkpoint,” said Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. “This sends a clear message that people driving impaired during this time will be arrested.”
Going someplace where there will be alcohol? Wayman offered several tips to ensure everyone gets home safely:
If you plan to drink, designate a driver who will not be drinking before going out.
Take public transportation or a taxi.
Ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Spend the night where the event or activity is being held.
If you see someone driving who is possibly impaired, report it to local law enforcement by dialing 911.
Always wear your seat belt.