New Jersey’s Drunken Driving Numbers Are Falling
As the preparations for launching new programs for drunken driving begin in New Jersey, the police are positive that the response they will receive from the people will be good. This is because over the past few years, the cases of drunken driving have decreased to a large extent. The number of awareness campaigns that ran in the past has made the citizens of New Jersey much more responsible, reducing the number of accidents resulting from drunken driving as well as the deaths linked to these accidents according to Lt. Anthony Disciascio, who is the spokesman for Somers Police Department.
The US Department of Transportation also indicated in a survey that the deaths related to drunken driving have reached their all time low since 1949. Similarly, Mothers Against Drunken Driving also recently declared that the target of less than 10,000 deaths on the roads in a year has been achieved by them which is a milestone in the fight against drunken drivers. According to a statement released by MADD, the rate of deaths caused by drunk driving has fallen by 2.5 percent from 2011 to 2012 which has in turn reduced the rate of overall deaths on by roads by 1.5 percent.
The main reason behind this decline is a combination of time as well as awareness efforts according to the opinion of Jose Ucles who is the spokesman for NHTSA. The first campaign for drunken driving awareness began around 25 years ago and since then, numerous efforts have been made to inform the people about drunk or distractive driving. The success of these campaigns can be attributed to electronic media as well since it has led to greater knowledge about the causalities through news and awareness films. Similarly, more stringent measures in car manufacturing have also been introduced over time which has positively impacted the death rates in drunken driving accidents.
Police usually becomes more active starting from Thanksgiving to New Years day for enforcement of drunken driving related laws since these periods are marked with partying and celebration leading to a large number of impaired drivers on the road. According to the statistics, almost one third of all road accidents are a result of drunken or impaired driving in New Jersey. However, in the past few years, the number of casualties reported as a result of drunken driving has decreased considerably in New Jersey while they are at a constant rise worldwide. As many as 18,000 people in United States are killed in drunken driving cases and some 250,000 are injured at the same time.
According to Ucles, the $7 million program funded by congress “Drive sober or get pulled over” provides for most of the patrol cars throughout the year with additional numbers during the holiday season. Similarly, the Somers point and Lower point police were also given out a budget of $4400 for increasing patrol cars under the same program. The funding has enabled Lower Township police station to get 15 cars to patrol the cities during peak hours of the day as well as during the holidays.
The state police reported that in 2011, in around 16 percent of the cases of road fatalities, the drivers were either intoxicated or distracted. Check points have been made by the police near bars and restaurants to handover leaflets and awareness messages and to ensure that the drivers coming out of these bars are in the right condition to drive. Somers Point has also introduced a Facebook page where information about drunken driving statistics as well as the punishments for such offenses is posted regularly.