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.”
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.