Starting today through Labor Day Weekend, New Jersey motorists will see enhanced enforcements and DWI checkpoints throughout the state.
As part of the nationwide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety has awarded 99 police agencies grant funding to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. A total of more than $616,000 is being shared among the departments to reduce crash risks and raise awareness about impaired driving during the final stretch of the summer season.
“Driving under the influence is not only against the law, but it is also a blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of others,” said First Assistant Attorney General Lyndsay V. Ruotolo. “Through the campaign announced today, we are providing funding to law enforcement agencies across the state to help keep impaired drivers off our roads. But we also need the help of all drivers to act responsibility and prioritize the safety of those around you. Be the reason someone gets home safe tonight.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) most recent data, 13,384 individuals died in drunk-driving crashes in 2021, equivalent to one life lost every 39 minutes. An average of 11,000 fatalities occurred annually from 2017 to 2021 due to drunk driving.
“As drivers, we each hold a personal responsibility not only for our own safety but also for the safety of others and their families,” said Michael J. Rizol Jr., Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Before taking the wheel, pledge to yourself and your community that you will never drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any substances that can compromise your abilities. Each responsible choice contributes to fostering safer roads and safeguarding those dear to us.”
During the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in 2022, law enforcement agencies were active in enforcing traffic laws: they made a total of 169 impaired driving arrests and issued 348 seatbelt tickets, 240 distracted driving tickets, and 804 speeding tickets. Additionally, they wrote 609 other summonses for hazardous moving violations.
To view the 2023 Final Grantee List, click here.