SUMMIT, NJ - 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'.

That message is the mandate from the Summit Police Department at all times, but the directive has will take on heightened meaning over the next several weeks as the Hilltop City's women and men in blue are participating in a statewide crackdown on impaired driving through September 2.

“Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” said Traffic Lieutenant David L. Richel. “Summit Police will be conducting roving patrols to stop drivers who appear to be operating vehicles while impaired. We are committed to making Summit a safer community for all visitors, residents, and commuters.”

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the Labor Day holiday is one of the most dangerous on New Jersey roads with more drunk driving incidents reported over the holiday weekend than during any other time of the year. 

Richel added, “No matter where you drive in the United States, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Please drink responsibly and join us in making Summit roadways free of impaired drivers.”

The goal of 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' is to encourage law enforcement agencies to raise public awareness about the dangers of alcohol-impaired driving through a combination of highly visible enforcement backed up by targeted media activities .