The NJ “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will remain in effect through New Year’s Day, meaning that anyone who drinks and drives on Morris County roads could find themselves arrested and facing serious DWI charges.
New Jersey law enforcement recently indicated that local police departments in Morris County and elsewhere in the state will ramp up their participation in the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in the weeks ahead. This will include placing extra police officers on patrol, with funding coming from a federal grant to cover the costs of overtime pay.
The goal of the drunk driving program is to deter NJ residents from getting drunk and then driving. The push during the holidays is meant to cut down on the high number of DWI accident fatalities that typically occur over Christmas and New Year’s. Between 2010 and 2015, there have been nearly 1,000 fatal drunk driving accidents in New Jersey.
During the 2015 campaign, Denville police arrested six people on charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
It is also expected that increased participation in the DWI campaign will lead to citations for other traffic offenses, which would also have the effect of making New Jersey roads safer for motorists and pedestrians this December. For instance, last year’s campaign saw the Denville Police Department issue more than 100 traffic citations, including 18 citations for speeding, seven citations for reckless driving, and 22 citations for careless driving.
For additional information about this case, access the NorthJersey.com article, “Police Departments Beef Up DWI Patrols for Holidays.”