Police departments in Morris County, NJ have begun a major crackdown on DWI violations throughout the county.
The crackdown on driving while intoxicated is a local extension of a national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the serious dangers posed by drunk driving. Local and state officials are optimistic that the program will lead to a significant reduction in the number of alcohol-related fatalities on New Jersey roads. Alcohol was reportedly a factor in more than 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey in 2013.
The national campaign first started in 1999. It typically runs during the summer, when many drivers are traveling and more prone to drunk driving violations.
One major aspect of the campaign is high-visibility enforcement of traffic laws. According to the Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, police departments that participate in the program should use the crackdown to send a message to motorists that drunk driving is unacceptable and will result in severe consequences.
Officials also hope that the campaign will help the public become more educated about DUI laws. To that end, the campaign relies on public education tools such as mobile video display signs and posters that highlight DWI laws.
Several Morris County police departments are participating in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign and will set up sobriety checkpoints as well as conduct roving patrols to catch drunk drivers. These departments include Boonton Township, Chester Township, Hanover, Kinnelon, Pequannock, and Randolph.
The campaign began on August 15 and will run through September 15.
To learn more, access the NJ.com article entitled “Drunk-driving Crackdown Starts Friday, Cops Say.”
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