Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign

  • News Release                                                                                                

    For Immediate Release


    Date: December 2, 2016

    Contact: Lt. William D. Walsh




    Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be

    Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign


    VOORHEES — Law enforcement officials from the Voorhees Police Department 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 9, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints focusing on 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 approximately 41,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 800 fatalities.  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, 29% 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 2016 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for holiday season:

    • Take mass transit, a taxi, Uber or similar service, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
    • Utilize the Voorhees/Evesham Safe Rides Program through Uber and Be My DD
    • 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 failure to act 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.

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    Posted on December 07, 2016 by William Walsh