RAHWAY — The Rahway Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of New Jersey’s annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning today and running through Jan. 2, 2014, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
“As a community we all support law enforcement efforts to protect us from theft, burglary, assault and terrorism,” said Rahway Police Chief John Rodger. ”Yet, many otherwise law abiding citizens continue to view impaired driving merely as a traffic offense. Don’t be fooled. Impaired driving is no accident nor is it a victimless crime.”
As part of a concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools. Impaired driving is one of the most often committed crimes, randomly killing someone in America every 30 minutes and nearly 50 people a day, according to officials.
The Rahway Police Department offers the following advice:
- If you’ve been drinking, take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held if you plan to drink.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
- Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
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