CRACKDOWN ON DRUNK DRIVING TO BEGIN THIS WEEK

288px-NJOAG_svgDrunk drivers will face statewide crackdowns by police officers as part of the annual summer “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky announced.

The crackdowns will run throughout New Jersey from August 19 to September 5 and police will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

“Any time you drink and drive, you are putting yourself, your family and the public at large in great danger. There is just no excuse to drink and drive,” Dow said. “Having just one drink can impair your judgment and slow your reaction time, which can lead to disastrous consequences.”

In 2010, there were 168 fatalities directly attributed to impaired driving in the state, accounting for 30% of the 556 total crash fatalities. The state’s ultimate goal is zeroing out impaired driving, Dow said.

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