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REMINDER: Point Boro Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

Extra enforcement started Friday as part of national campaign

 

Law enforcement officers from Point Pleasant are cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2012 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Borough police are using grant money allocated through this campaign to add to the drunk driving enforcement they do all year.

The extra enforcement began on Friday and continues through September 3rd and includes local and state law enforcement officers conducting sobriety checkpoints, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs.

Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Many people believe that after just a few drinks, they’re safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”

In 2010 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 20 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 crackdown offer the following advice:

•           If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.

•           Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

•           Spend the night where the activity is held.

•           Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.

•           Always buckle up during every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

•           If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

Slippery Slope July 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Pull over anyone coming out of the Idle Hour or the Moose club. Wait, no one at the Moose has a license now.
somebody August 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Like that will ever happen. They would have to pull over their own and all their friends.
Mark August 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
what about The Shore House???
Opinionated August 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It's great to have such a campaign. Now, let's reread this article then replace all parts that refer to drinking and replace them with cell phone usage (either talking or texting). The only difference I see would be the 20% of fatalities (perhaps) and that the cell phone impairment ends immediately after signing off. When will there be an equivalent effort for this problem. The research has been done and it is proved that the level of impairment is the same between alcohol and talking/texting. The reason the death toll is lower for the cell abusers is because they are out in the daylight and the other drivers can see better and are more alert. I believe that a multi-faceted effort to make our roads safer would save more lives quicker and be cheaper because you can advertise both at the same time. Agreed?

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