SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Starting this month, residents who drive drunk or buzzed may find themselves learning a very expensive lesson.

The Springfield Police Department is one of the many departments around the state getting set to participate in New Jersey's largest annual drunk driving crackdown.

The 2019 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Statewide Labor Day Crackdown begins Aug. 16 and concludes on Sept. 2. During the campaign, police officers and state law enforcement officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols targeting motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. it is a two-pronged approach, in which high-visibility enforcement and educational activities and materials are both deployed.

The aim of the campaign is to try and curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, up through Labor Day.

According to TAPinto Union, during the past five years, New Jersey’s roadways experienced 36,778 crashes and 679 fatalities involving impaired drivers

As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local police agencies throughout the state to help run the campaign. During last year’s crackdown, participating agencies made 1,196 DWI arrests. 

Don't want to get stung by a checkpoint during the crackdown? Follow these tips:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.