SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano states that law enforcement officials throughout Somerset County will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning this Friday, December 6 and running through January 2, 2014, municipal, county and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who are driving while intoxicated.
As a concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education. Prosecutor Soriano further states “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent. This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to those individuals with whom they share the road.”
Last year in New Jersey, 19% of all motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Nationally, during the month of December from years 2007 through 2011, combined, there were 4,169 people killed in drunk driving crashes.
Chief William Parenti of the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police offers the following advice:
• Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
• Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you are 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 or escort you to your doorstep.
• Be a responsible friend. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
For additional information on the national “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” campaign visit the website www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
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