FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Police Department will join with other area departments for "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which will begin Nov. 22 and last through the New Year's Holiday. 

The Sheriff’s Office, along with local and state law enforcement officers, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired.

In anticipation of increased car travel during the holidays, Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano is stressing the importance of safe and sober driving. “I want to remind drivers that law enforcement will be out in full force to thwart impaired-driving crashes,” he said.

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Sheriff Provenzano has gained the support of community businesses to promote the “John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which is aimed at encouraging safe and sober driving.

Bill and Muriel Elliott started the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers in memory of their son, U.S. Navy Ensign John R. Elliott, who was killed in a collision with a drunk driver in July 2000.  While at the U.S. Naval Academy, Ensign Elliott was selected as a Human Education Resource Officer (HERO) to counsel and mentor other members of his company and was named “the outstanding HERO” of his graduating class. He was killed two months after graduating from the academy.

PJ Cavanuagh's along with other local pubs will be handing out HERO Campaign brochures and magnets.   

Area restaurants, Willie McBride’s in Branchburg and Big Heads Pub in Hillsborough, as well as car dealerships Bridgewater Lexus, Bridgewater BMW, Open Road Volkswagen and Open Road Mercedes Auto Group, will also participate.  

“Impaired driving is completely preventable,” Provenzano said. “All it takes is a little planning. We want the public to remember that it’s a choice.  Drink responsibly or drive sober – these are good choices. We want to keep people from making a poor choice that harms others and themselves.”

For more information about the HERO Campaign, go to or contact Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9, or or Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231-7168.

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