The Police in New Brunswick Are Ready to Crack Down

WEST NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ Along with 131 other police departments across New Jersey, the New Brunswick Police Department is cracking down on drunk driving during the holidays.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” promotion got going on Friday. Local, county, and state authorities will increase patrols and sobriety tests until January 1 to look for drivers who might be drunk on the road.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program is a nationwide effort to make people more aware of how dangerous it is to drive while drunk. It does this by combining high-visibility enforcement with public education.

“This is a very important law enforcement program that can save lives at a time of the year when drinking at parties raises the risk of driving while impaired,” said Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department.

New Brunswick police got $10,500 in grants from the state. These grants were part of more than $795,000 that the state gave to local police departments for the project.

“Driving while drunk is a serious and dangerous choice that has real-life effects.” Attorney General Matt Platkin said, “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign is more than just a slogan. It’s a reminder that putting lives at risk on the road is never okay.” “The extra money we’re giving through this program will also help our law enforcement partners do their jobs better to keep our roads safer, keep families safe, and make sure everyone gets to spend the holidays with their family and friends.”

During the holiday season in New Jersey in 2022, from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, 69 people died in accidents caused by drunk drivers.

New Brunswick Police Launching Campaign to Crack Down

According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,500 people nationwide lost their lives in crashes that were the result of drunk drivers in December between 2017 and 2021. In December 2021 alone, 1,013 people died in car accidents caused by drunk drivers.

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“Driving drunk is a stupid and irresponsible choice that puts lives at risk,” said Michael J. Rizol Jr., Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Drunk driving can have serious legal and moral consequences.” Make the smart and responsible choice this December and every time. “Do not drive while high on drugs or alcohol.”

Last year, involved police departments made 574 arrests for driving while impaired and gave out 1,664 seatbelt tickets, 431 tickets for driving while distracted, and 2,898 tickets for speeding. Also, 3,537 tickets were sent out for other dangerous crimes.

If you drink during the holidays, the police have these tips for you:

• Take the bus or a car, or ask a friend who is not drunk to drive you home.

Attend the event or party, and stay the night there.

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police. What you do could save someone’s life, and what you don’t do could kill someone.

• Always wear a seat belt; it’s the best way to protect yourself from a drunk driver.

Taking a taxi or having a sober friend or family member drive or walk you to your door is the best way to get home if you are drunk and alone.

• Take care of things. Should someone you know be drunk, get behind the wheel; do not let them.

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