BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department  is participating in the nationwide crackdown against drunk driving which runs from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.  There is a high volume of travelers during Labor Day weekend, so it is not a coincidence that the drunk driving enforcement campaign runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2.  

Berkeley Heights Police Department is one of nine Union County towns to receive the $4,400 grant to staff saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Cranford, Hillside, Linden, Plainfield, Roselle Park, Roselle, Springfield and Westfield are among the other Union County municipalities to receive the grant. 

A statement from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety reminds drivers that getting behind the wheel drunk impairs your ability to operate a vehicle safely and impairs your judgment.  “We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea,” Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky said in a previous statement. "If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

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Research has shown that the "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over" campaign reduces drunk-driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. 

During last year's crackdown, law enforcement made 1,459 DWI arrests statewide, issued citations for speeding (6,550), seatbelt violations (4,258), driving with a suspended license (3,193) and reckless driving (947). Nearly 2,000 fugitives were apprehended during the crackdowns.