TOTOWA, NJ -  With the busy holiday travel season, area police departments will kick off a statewide traffic safety campaign targeting drunk and impaired drivers. Local police departments will be on the look out for drunk or impaired drivers as part of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign, which runs through January 1, 2020, announced Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

New Jersey’s crackdown on impaired driving is part of a nationwide effort to reduce crash risks during the heavily traveled holiday season. According to the NHTSA report, last December 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver, and there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2018 alone than during any other holiday period that year.

“These fatalities are preventable, and people must remember that driving under the influence of any substance, be it drugs or alcohol, is deadly, illegal, and selfish behavior,” said Eric Heitmann, Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “To promote traffic safety this holiday season, law enforcement officers will be out in force looking for impaired drivers. If you drive under the influence during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, you can count on being stopped and arrested.”

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Authorities have announced that a DWI Checkpoint will take place in Chester some time in December.  Morris County authorities announced that personnel from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Chester Police Department will conduct the checkpoint.

“The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends but if your celebration includes alcohol, leave the driving to someone else - a sober friend, a ride share, or public transportation,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Being a responsible driver is one of the simplest ways to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for everyone. Our Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is aimed at raising public awareness and saving lives.”