LINDEN — The Linden Police Department took part in the year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driving crackdown, and arrested 18 drivers for driving while intoxicated.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a nationwide campaign operated by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety which focuses on increased police patrols during the busiest travel and holiday seasons. This year, the campaign ran from Dec. 7, 2012, until Jan. 2, 2013.
During the almost month-long crackdown, the Linden Police Department increased roving patrols to focus on impaired driving. In addition to the 18 arrests for driving while intoxicated, the Linden Police also made 12 felony arrests, 26 drug arrests, and issued over 450 motor vehicle summonses.
In 2012, members of the Linden Police Department arrested 151 motorists for driving while intoxicated, a 32% increase from 2011.
“Drunk driving continues to be a problem,” said Linden Traffic Bureau Commander Sergeant Michael Babulski. “Our DWI arrests are up because our officers are increasing their awareness and enforcement while on patrol, not because more people are driving drunk. Motorist safety is important here in Linden. We have zero tolerance for any type of impaired driving or distracted driving.”