With the help of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, law enforcement agencies across New Jersey are trying to stop drunk and impaired driving in the current holiday season.
More than $1.2 million has been given to police departments by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety to assist in supporting the campaign that starts from Friday, 5th of December and will end on Friday, 2nd of January, according to a press release.
Grants of $7,500 will be provided to 165 police departments that held fund saturation patrols and high-visibility sobriety checkpoints all over the state.
The press release also stated that almost 200 agencies plan on participation without funding.
Only 144 police departments got this grant in the year 2012.
DHTS Acting Director Gary Poedubicky said in the press release, “Many people will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways”. According to him, there are no excuses or warnings for drivers driving under the influence of intoxicants.
In New Jersey, if an individual gets behind the wheel with a BAC level of .08 percent or more, they will be guilty of drunk driving.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a nationwide campaign aimed at cracking down on drunk driving and stopping it.
Penalties for a 1st time DUI offender arrest include a fine of up to $500 and a one-year driver’s license suspension, added Poedubicky.
“Drunk driving isn’t a victimless crime. You could kill yourself or someone else and face severe legal penalties,” according to the acting director.
In 2013, through the winter campaign, 1,575 DWI individuals were taken into custody in New Jersey, showed the release. Other than that, more than 4,700 speeding tickets and 3,269 seat belt summonses were issued to individuals.
News Source: www.Nj.com