HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - During the 2019 Labor Day holiday, both the Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Police Departments will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 16 through September 2, 2019. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

According to Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri, the borough's department will again be participating in the annual public safety campaign.

"Unfortunately more than 10,000 people are killed in car crashes related to alcohol impairment throughout the United States," said John Korin, Wood-Ridge Police Chief. "Hopefully through this Nationwide campaign drivers will be educated to not drive if any alcohol is consumed, and use a sober designated driver to take them home if alcohol is consumed."

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During the 2017 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. September 1 – 5:59 a.m. September 5), there were 376 crash fatalities nationwide. Forty-four percent of those fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC). More than one-third (36%) of the fatalities involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC), and more than one-fourth (26%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC). Age is a particularly risky factor: Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2017, 42% of those drivers were drunk, with BACs of .08 or higher.

Law enforcement agencies recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

• Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. 

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 911.

• Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

 

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