WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Department received a $4,400 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over grant to participate in the 2013 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide Labor Day crackdown from Friday, Aug. 16, through Monday, Sept. 2.
“We will employ several different techniques to identify and apprehend drivers that are under the influence,” said Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, including DWI patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
“‘Influence’ does not only mean intoxicating liquor or illegal drugs but also prescription legend drugs,” he added.
During a similar crackdown over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, five people were arrested at DWI checkpoint conducted on South Avenue at the border of Westfield and the Borough of Garwood in a joint effort between Westfield and Garwood Police Departments.
According to the Westfield PD, over the 2011 Labor Day holiday, 138 people were killed in the United States in crashes involving drivers or motorcyclists were legally drunk by New Jersey standards—in other words, with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher.
“Our message is simple and consistent,” said Wayman. “Drive sober or get pulled over.”
Chief Wayman and the Westfield Police Department are offering these tips to help ensure a happy and safe Labor Day weekend:
– Plan a safe way home before festivities begin.
– Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
– If you’re drunk, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
– If you think you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement immediately.
– If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while drunk, be a friend and take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.