Mount Olive police department ready for holiday drunk driving patrols
MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – An amount of $4,000 has been awarded to the police department to assist in the crackdown on driving under the influence during the holidays. This grant is part of $600,000 given to more than four hundred law enforcement agencies by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
The funds will assist in paying salaries to police officers on-duty and patrol roads as part of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign. The campaign started from 6th of December and will end on 2nd of January. According to a statement, the grant will be used to pay for saturation patrols and high-visibility sobriety checkpoints.
Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky said, “During the holiday season, law enforcement officials always see a jump in the number of drunk and impaired drivers. Police will be targeting those drivers and once again this effort will send the message that if you chose to drink and drive, you will be arrested every time, no exception”.
Individuals are charged with DUI in New Jersey for driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more. Depending on the factors and circumstances, drivers can be convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol even when the level is below 0.08%.
In a statement, Poedubicky said, “Consuming even small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgment, vision and alertness. If you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively impacted, you can be convicted of drunk driving”. He told that the penalties for a 1st drunk driving arrest include fines of up to $500 and a one-year driver’s license suspension. Offenders can also expect auto insurance surcharges of several thousand dollars.
The total number of individuals who died in 2102 in road accidents was 589 and from that the number of individuals who died in the accidents caused due to driving under the influence was 158 which is 27%.
As a result of holiday crackdowns, 1,555 driving while intoxicated arrests were made in the winter of 2012. Other than that, police issued 5,138 speeding tickets and 3,113 seat belt tickets and more than 1,600 fugitives were taken into custody during the mobilization.
Following mentioned statements are suggested by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
If you have consumed too much alcohol and are not able to drive properly then take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Spend the night where you are like at your friend’s home rather than driving a motor vehicle yourself to get home.
If you see impaired drivers on the roads driving, then report them to law enforcement. Witnesses can call #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver in New Jersey.
Don’t forget to wear a seat belt regardless of your seating position in the car. It’s your best defense against a driver driving under the influence of an intoxicant.
If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the most secure method to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member help you get home.
News Source: NewJerseyHills.com