LINDEN — The Linden Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2011 “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign. Beginning Aug. 19 and running through Sept. 5, law enforcement officers nationwide will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign launched nationally in 1999, and works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the summer months and holiday seasons.
“Many people believe that after just a few drinks, they’re safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”
As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign. As a result of hard work and dedication in arresting drivers under the influence, the Linden Police Department has been awarded these mobilization grants for the past several years. In 2010, members of the Linden Police Department arrested over 130 motorists for driving while intoxicated.
In 2009 in New Jersey, 149 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes. That number represents 25 percent of the 583 traffic fatalities reported in the state that year.
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