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Caldwells Police Warn Motorists: Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

The Caldwell Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers between Dec. 6 and Jan. 2 as part of the national campaign.

Police in the Caldwells are reminding you to drive sober this holiday season, or you will get pulled over. 

The Caldwell and West Caldwell Police departments will be cracking down on drunk drivers between Dec. 6 and Jan. 2 as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  

During the annual crack down, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, 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. 

“Many people believe that after just a few drinks, they’re safe to drive”, said Gary Poeduebicky, 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 campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the end of the year 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, 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. 
Bob Lee December 09, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Shaaaattuuuuuup! Enough with the nanny B.S.
Stephen Craig December 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM
This should be a year-round effort not just the holidays.

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