WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Police Department is conducting an impaired driving enforcement crackdown campaign. The initiative, which will be conducted locally, is part of the annual end of year "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign, where officers will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The campaign began on Dec. 9 and will continue through to Jan. 1, 2017. They will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
According to Woodland Park Chief Anthony Galietti, the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.
"People that choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using drugs, pose a serious danger to all," Galietti said. “During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced approximately 41,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 800 fatalities. This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent."
Last year, 29 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related, he added. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol before driving.
- Take mass transit, use a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Always wear your seatbelt, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- Spend the night where the activity is held
- If you’re intoxicated and traveling by foot, wear bright colored or reflective clothing. The safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you home
- Be responsible, if someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.