Law enforcement officers from Middle Township, Lower Township, and Wildwood City will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2010 “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign. Beginning August 20 and running through September 6, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the summer months. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.
“There is simply no excuse to drink and drive,” said Pam Fischer, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, creating a potentially dangerous situation not only for you, but everyone on the road.”
Last year in New Jersey, 185 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes. That number represents 31 percent of the 583 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2009. In addition, 67 of those alcohol-related fatalities occurred during the summer travel season.
“One life lost is one too many,” Fischer added. “Through public education and law enforcement efforts, we will continue our commitment to protecting all New Jersey motorists from the senseless tragedies associated with drunk driving.”
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Over the Limit, Under Arrest 2010 crackdown offers the following advice:
– 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.
– Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
– 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 or escort you to your doorstep.