EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, the East Brunswick Police Department and other law enforcement agencies nationwide will be joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the high-visibility "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown campaign.
During this time, officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. In addition to high-visibility enforcement, the campaign also helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through public education tools including posters, banners and mobile video display signs
Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period. As part of the program, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to law enforcement agencies to help run the campaign.
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Some recent statistics include the following:
• Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in these preventable crashes.
• During the Labor Day holidays of 2009-2013, there were nearly 500 drunk driving fatalities nationwide.
• In 2013 alone, 200 children 14 or younger were killed in alcohol impaired driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled crackdown offer the following advice:
• 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.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.