Month long Holiday Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins Dec. 7
Sobriety checkpoints to be set up in Hackettstown for nearly a month, starting December 7, 2012
Hackettstown Police will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of their annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the final three weeks of December starting December 7.
The Hackettstown Police announced the crackdown in a press release. According to the release, the program will begin locally December 7 and will run through January 2. During the crackdown, law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in an effort to look for drunk drivers and those driving under the influence.
According to traffic statistics, a total of 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes last year in New Jersey. The total number of traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2011 was 627. This makes alcohol-impaired crashes almost 25 percent of the total fatalities.
The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign was launched in 1999 nationally. It works to combat drunk driving during the holiday season, which is also the busiest travel times of the year. Law enforcement agencies have advised to follow certain recommendations during the 2012 Year End Crackdown:
- Make sure you designate a sober driver to drive you home if you plan to drink or take a taxicab home instead.
- If you cannot find anyone to drive you home, spend the night where the activity is held.
- Make the roads safe for others by reporting any drunk or impaired driver you see on the road. In New Jersey, report a drunk driver by dialing #77 on your cell phone.
- Seat belts are extremely important as they provide the best defense against drunk and impaired drivers, so always buckle up.
- Never travel on foot if you are intoxicated. Call a family member or friend to pick you up or call a cab.