Drive sober or get pulled over campaign targets impaired drivers during the holiday season.

The Ventnor City Police Department will join other Downbeach law enforcement agencies to crack down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.

Beginning Aug. 19 and continuing through Sept. 5, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated, Ventnor Police Chief Joe Fussner said in a release.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort raises awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.

This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives, especially considering recent dramatic increases in motor vehicle fatality rates both nationally and in New Jersey.

During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced more than 33,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in 662 fatalities. Last year, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol related. Nationally, 11,654 people died in 2020 in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $44 billion annually.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2022 Statewide Labor Day Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab or rideshare, 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 or using drugs, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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