The crackdown will start Dec. 8 and continue through Jan. 1, 2018. Local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort aims to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.
Last year, 20 percent 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 who participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2017 Year End Holiday Crackdown advise people to take mass transit or a taxi or have a sober friend to drive them home, spend the night where the party is being held, to contact law enforcement if they see an impaired driver, and to always buckle their seat belts. They also suggest that instead of traveling on foot if intoxicated, a person should call a cab or have a sober friend pick them up and escort them to their door. They also urge people to be responsible by not letting a person who has been drinking get behind the wheel.