August 17, 2016

Massive drunk driving crackdown launches today in New Jersey

More than 50 agencies from river to sea will participate in South Jersey

New Jersey’s massive annual drunk driving crackdown begins today.

Law enforcement officers from more than 50 agencies – from Cherry Hill to Harvey Cedars to Medford – will be manning sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols from Friday through Sept. 5 as part of the 2016 Labor Day statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

  • Tips to avoid getting pulled over
  • 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
  • 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

The national campaign raises awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements and posters. It seeks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season.

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

“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

In 2013, 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities involved alcohol impairment.

The following agencies received $5,000 grants from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety to run the two-week campaign:

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Absecon PD

Atlantic County Sheriff's Office

Egg Harbor Twp PD

Galloway PD

Hamilton PD

Hammonton PD

Longport PD

Mullica PD

Northfield PD

Pleasantville PD

Somers Point PD

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Burlington Twp PD

Cinnaminson PD

Delran PD

Evesham PD

Mansfield PD

Medford PD

Mount Holly PD

Mount Laurel PD

New Hanover PD

Palmyra PD

Pemberton PD

Riverside PD

Westampton PD

CAMDEN COUNTY

Barrington PD

Berlin PD

Berlin Twp PD

Camden County Metro PD

Cherry Hill PD

Gloucester PD

Gloucester Twp PD

Haddonfield PD

Pennsauken PD

Pine Hill PD

Stratford PD

Voorhees PD

Winslow PD

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Lower Township PD

North Wildwood PD

Wildwood PD

OCEAN COUNTY

Barnegat PD

Bay Head PD

Berkeley PD

Harvey Cedars PD

Jackson PD

Lakehurst PD

Lakewood PD

Manchester PD

Mantoloking PD

Ocean Gate PD

Pine Beach PD

Point Pleasant Beach PD

Toms River PD

SALEM COUNTY

Carneys Point PD

Salem PD