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‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ returns next weekend

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PUBLIC SAFETY: Get ready for another “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, beginning Aug. 15 and running through Sept. 1 in the public safety ramp-up to Labor Day.

Local and state police will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed 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 across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 22 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.

Authorities suggest:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver before you go out who will not drink alcohol;
  • 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 (dial #77);
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s 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.

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