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‘Be a HERO, Be a Designated Driver’ This Summer

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -- In anticipation of increased car travel around the Fourth of July, Somerset County 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 throughout the summer,” he said.

Several local businesses have given their commitment to promote the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers aimed at encouraging safe and sober driving during the coming holiday, according to Provenzano. HERO campaign brochures and magnets are being handed out at Somerville restaurants Sarah Jane's, Alfonso's, Café Picasso and Calabria Mia, Raritan restaurants Uncle Vinnie's Clam Bar and Spain 92, at Willie McBride’s in Branchburg, and at the Lexus, Audi, Open Road VW, Open Road Mercedes Benz and BMW car dealerships in Bridgewater.

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“The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is continuously promoting designated driving in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road,”  Provenzano said. “With great support coming from the Safe Communities Coalition and Empower Somerset, plus these local eating and drinking establishments and car dealerships, we are hopeful the message will be taken to heart.” 

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.

“Be a hero, be a designated driver if you want to make your community safer on this Fourth of July holiday week,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “We are not asking citizens to stop having fun and drinking. We are just reminding them to consume responsibly. We want to keep people from making a poor choice that could harm others and themselves.”

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

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County will fly its flags at half-staff July 12 in memory of Grace A. Gurisic, who served as the county’s first woman freeholder more than half a century ago.

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