Township Police Cracks Down On Summer Drunk Driving
CRANBURY – Township police had a message for impaired drivers stating: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It means if any person gets behind a wheel under the influence then he/she will be taken into custody.
Summer time and the end-of-year holidays are in the list of the most deadly days for American drivers, said Lt. Franklin Dillane.
Celebrations with family and friends often involve alcohol and intoxicated driving which is one of the most frequently committed offenses, killing individuals in America almost after every 30 minutes, said Lt. Dillane.
Due to the reason that the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol increases in summer time and towards the end of the year, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety uses the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at these times to make the individuals safe from DUI drivers, according to Lt. Dillane.
The main purpose of the campaign is to stop intoxicated drivers, not to take them into custody. For the alteration of the behavior, drivers must know that the risk of being caught is too great to chance it.
For 2 weeks from 15th of August to 1st of September, Cranbury Police officers worked eight roving patrols, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., due to which 10 individuals were taken into custody. 152 summonses were also issued.
Chief of Police Rickey Varga said, “I am very impressed with the effort and level of enforcement our officers displayed during this grant initiative. Very often we as police officers do our job with little thanks or recognition. In fact, it is often the satisfaction of knowing that we made a difference in someone’s life that is rewarding and fulfilling unto itself. We may never know how many lives our officers affected and the suffering that was avoided by removing these drivers from our roadways, but rest assured that by our officers’ dedication and commitment, they have, without question, made a difference in many lives”.
The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety provided a grant of $5,000 to conduct the initiative.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign which is created to give knowledge to individuals about the dangers of drinking alcohol and then getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools in which posters, banners and mobile video display signs are also included. This campaign was started in 1999 across the country; the program works to cope with drunk driving during the busy summer and holiday travel time periods.
In 2013, nearly 22 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle deaths were the result of alcohol-impaired driving and many individuals sustained injuries due to DWI.
New Jersey Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety Gary Poedubicky said, “More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving is reckless and preventable. If drivers are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested”.
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