CRANFORD - New Jersey's annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown targeting drunk drivers will get underway starting Friday, December 6 and run through New Year's Day. 

133 police departments throughout the state have received overtime grant money for checkpoints and extra patrol with Cranford receiving $5,500. According to nj.gov, last year's winter ticket blitz saw 1,269 DWI Arrests, 5,704 Speeding Citations, and 3,125 Seat Belt Citations statewide. In Cranford, there were three DWI arrests for alcohol, zero DWI arrests for drugs, 12 seatbelt citations, and three speeding citations. 

It’s illegal in every state to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, and there are serious consequences to a drunken driving conviction, including fines and jail time. Last year, 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, 10,511 people died in 2018 in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $44 billion annually. 

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Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2019 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season: 

• Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. 

• Spend the night where the activity or party is held. 

• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 

• Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver. 

• If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep. 

• Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.