ABSECON - The Absecon Police Department is launching a campaign against drunken drivers that will last throughout the upcoming Labor Day weekend, officials said.
The force is participating in the Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national campaign.
Absecon officers will use sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols to look for suspected drunken drivers.
Police hope the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over operation will raise awareness of drinking and driving dangers.
Police launched the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in 1999 and targeted the busiest travel weekends, including Labor Day, to get its message across.
“Recent surveys indicate that many people harbor the dangerous belief that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, 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.”
Alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 19 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities in 2012, police reported.
The local two-week Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is funded by a Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant.
Avoid driving drunk
The Absecon Police Department advises:
If you plan to drink, designate a nondrinking driver to bring you home.
Take mass transit or a taxi.
Spend the night where the party was held.
Report impaired drivers to police by dialing #77 on your cell phone.
Always buckle up when you ride in or drive in a car.
If you are intoxicated, don’t walk home. The safest way home is to have a sober friend or family member drive you there.
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