Jefferson Twp. Police Department
Date of Incident:
Date of Release: 11/29/2017
Prepared by: Detective Joseph Kratzel
Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be
Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign
Jefferson Township - Law enforcement officials from Jefferson Township Police will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign. Beginning December 8, 2017, and continuing through January 1, 2018, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol-involved crashes, resulting in more than 750 fatalities," said Detective Kratzel. This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent.
Last year, 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" 2017 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
- Always buckle-up, every ride. It's your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you are 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 or escort you to your doorstep.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
Citizens who have information relating to crimes, criminal activity or wanted persons (fugitives) can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Morris County Crime Stoppers offers the citizens of Morris County direct and easy access to their law enforcement community. Reward and anonymity are the incentives. Making Morris County a safer place to live is the benefit!
Note: All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.