Law enforcement officers and police departments throughout the State of New Jersey are increasing DWI enforcement as part of the annual end-of-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The DWI enforcement program officially began on December 9th, 2016 and will run through January 1st, 2017. Law enforcement officers plan to deploy saturation patrols and conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout New Jersey to look for motorists who may be driving under the influence of alcohol.
What Is The ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign?
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a nationwide initiative sponsored by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration that aims to raise awareness about impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.
While the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a year-long initiative, the campaign’s end-of-year DUI crackdown is its biggest effort as it aims to deter drunk driving during the holiday season.
The program provides grant money for police departments throughout the State of New Jersey. This year will see a total of $755,000 awarded to 151 police departments throughout the State of New Jersey with each police department receiving $5,000 in grant money. The money is meant to be used to strengthen DWI enforcement via increased roving patrols and DWI checkpoints.
For the full list of this year’s grant recipients, click here.
Advice From Law Enforcement Officers
Law enforcement agencies participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program offer the following advice:
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
- Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.
Arrested For DUI Over The Holidays? Get The Legal Help You Need
Were you or a loved one were arrested on DUI charges during the holiday season? A DWI conviction can result in expensive fines and serious penalties. However, a DWI arrest does NOT always result in a conviction and there are often many alternative legal options that can be pursued.
The attorneys of Levow DWI Law have successfully represented thousands of drivers arrested for drunk driving throughout the State of New Jersey in some of the most difficult of cases.
Contact our DUI defense lawyers today for a free consultation to learn about your legal options and the best way to proceed.