Mission to stop drunken drivers heats up in New Jersey
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is going to have a large number of municipalities from New Jersey taking part in it.
The campaign, which starts from 15th of August and ends on 1st of September, includes sobriety checkpoints and police officers will patrol in search of individuals driving under the influence of alcohol. People can check if their town is on the list of the 195 police departments that have received federal grants for the campaign. It is said that summer is one of the most deadly times on American roads due to the reason of a higher incidence of impaired driving. The acting director of New Jersey’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Gary Poedubicky, said that in the U.S, more than 10,000 individuals die every year as a result of DUI accidents. According to the police, alcohol-impaired driving was the reason of 22% state’s motor vehicle deaths in 2013.
Zaremba quotes Poedubicky
“During this campaign police agencies in New Jersey will be sending a clear message. If drivers are caught driving impaired they will be arrested”.
Members of the Madison-based roller derby team and the Mad Rollin’ Dolls are joining with the state’s Department of Transportation for its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to get the message out in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s DOT writes that the Mad Rollin’ Dolls will be helping in the TV and radio messages: “Their message is that it would be crazy to skate in a roller derby bout while intoxicated but even crazier to drive drunk”. There are a large number of smartphone apps that assist in stopping impaired driving for road safety, like Breathometer for iPhones and Androids, and BAC track for iPhones.
The roads will become more secure as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is creating a great technology that will be integrated into new vehicles to detect when a driver has alcohol on his or her breath. Once self-driving vehicles appear on the market and will come on the roads, drunk driving can indeed become history. With these motor vehicles, individuals who have been drinking or are otherwise impaired will be chauffeured by their self-driving vehicles. Google’s autonomous car has been tested extensively in California; Nevada passed a law permitting self-driving cars on its roads and Audi recently tested its self-driving Audi A7 on a closed highway in Tampa.
There are many other methods to stay secure on roads until self-driving cars are available for purchase and affordable for every individual.
The below written advice is given by the New Jersey’s Division of Highway Safety:
- Don’t take risk, if you are drunk then don’t drive.
- Prior to going for a celebration, designate a sober driver.
- Ask any sober friend to take you home.
- Hire a sober driver, take any mass transit.
- Don’t go home the night of the party and spend the night at the party’s location.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.
News Source: www.NewJerseyNewsRoom.com