OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The township's police department will be stepping up its enforcement on drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the last few weeks of 2017.
The increased enforcement is part of the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education
The campaign will begin on Friday,Dec. 8, 2017 and continue through January 1, 2018 as local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
During the last five years New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 750 fatalities," according to a release from the department. "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."
According to the release, last year, 20 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in New Jersey were alcohol-related.
"Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes," the release states. "The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually."
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over2017 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:
Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Spend the night where the activity or party 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 responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel