Drinking and Driving Crackdown in NJ

From North Jersey.com

The Cedar Grove Police Department announced that it will participate in the impaired driving enforcement campaign, “Over the Limit, Under Arrest,” the year-end statewide crackdown, between Dec. 7 and Jan. 3, 2010.

During the crackdown period, Cedar Grove officers will be out in full force to detect, arrest and prosecute any motorist found to be operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” program helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters and banners. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationally, drunk-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of all traffic deaths in 2008. Last year in New Jersey, 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol related crashes. This number represents 26 percent of the 590 traffic fatalities reported in the state last year.

The police department offers the following advice that drivers should follow year round:

* If you plan to drink, designate a driver.

* Realize that every drink you have makes it more difficult to know when you’ve had too much to drive.

* If you plan to drink, take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive.

* If you’ve had too much to drink, spend the night where the activity is being held.

* Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

* Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

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