WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Police Department is taking part in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign, where officers will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The local campaign began on Aug. 18 to Sept. 4. Funding from the state will allow the department to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. The campaign also raises awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.
During the last five years, New Jersey has had approximately 41,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 800 fatalities. Furthermore, last year, 29 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related.
Law enforcement agencies offer the following advice to keep everyone safe:
- 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.