Sometimes drivers get behind the wheel with the belief that their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is within the legal limit when, in fact, it is slightly over the legal limit.
Drivers in New Jersey with a BAC of .08% or more can be pulled over and arrested for DWI, despite being unaware that they are over the legal limit.
This can be especially important to keep in mind during the holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s) when parties, family gatherings and celebrations often involve the consumption of alcohol.
NJ Police Departments Are Cracking Down
December is known for being a month with a high rate of alcohol-related traffic accidents compared to other times of the year.
Historical data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the number of fatal traffic accidents involving impaired drivers tend to increases significantly throughout the United States during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.
As a result, many law enforcement agencies throughout America increase their efforts to prevent intoxicated driving during the month of December, through awareness campaigns, DWI checkpoints and increased man hours.
You can see some of the DWI arrests that occurred in New Jersey last December by visiting our DUI Checkpoint Map, which shows known dates, times and locations of previous DWI checkpoints in New Jersey.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Provides Grants to 148 NJ Police Departments
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a statewide initiative that focuses on preventing intoxicated driving through awareness campaigns and increased law enforcement efforts.
Part of this initiative includes state funding during the holiday season for local police departments to pay for extra DWI law enforcement resources.
The grant was awarded to 148 police departments throughout New Jersey this year, with each department receiving $5,000 of funding.
The funding is used to pay for a variety of different activities related to the prevention of drunk driving, including:
- DWI checkpoints
- Extra man hours for roving vehicles
- Public awareness campaigns
For a full list of the New Jersey police departments that have received grant money for the 2015 Holiday Crackdown, click here.
Remember To Be Safe During The Holidays!
At Levow DWI Law, we want to wish everyone a happy holiday and remind everyone to be safe on the roads during the month of December!
If you or a loved one are arrested for DWI during the holiday season, or any other time during the year, please call Levow DWI Law for a free consultation.
We have represented thousands of clients have helped many of them to become acquitted of the charges against them or have been successful in reducing the penalties associated with their arrest.