SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a nation-wide campaign aimed at raising awareness about driving while impaired. With the holiday season getting in full swing, the South Brunswick Police Department is joining the campaign and will be conducting additional patrols and checkpoints from Friday, December 6 through New Year's Day in order to identify drivers who may be driving while intoxicated.
In the last five years in the Garden State more than 30,000 crashes have involved impaired drivers. More than six hundred of those accidents resulted in deaths. In 2018, over 10,000 people died across the nation in alcohol-related crashes. The goal of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is to educate drivers about the dangers of driving while under the influence and to get impaired drivers off of the roads especially during time periods like Christmas and New Year's when celebrations and parties are more prevalent.
The 2019 year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over offers the following suggestions to drivers during the upcoming holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxi or use a car service following a party or event
- Have a designated driver
- Contact a sober friend for a ride
- Stay the night where the party or celebration is being held
- Always use a seat-belt
- Do not let a drunk friend get behind the wheel
- Contact law enforcement if you encounter an impaired driver on the road
- Do not attempt to walk home if intoxicated, contact a sober friend or family member to take you home or call a cab