The Gloucester Township Police Department recently completed the statewide 2011 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” driving while intoxicated enforcement campaign. This campaign took place between December 5th and January 2nd, 2012.
As part of the initiative, the department was awarded a $5000 grant by New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. During this campaign,15 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated with 3 of the drivers arrested on New Years day.
This statewide campaign was part of a national effort to raise awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving. In 2010, there were 556 traffic related fatalities in New Jersey. 168 of those killed were in alcohol related crashes. Gloucester Township Police arrested 176 drivers for driving while intoxicated in 2010.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is just one facet of the Gloucester Township Police Departments efforts to deter drinking and driving. The department conducts monthly coordinated patrols targeting intoxicated drivers, pre-prom drinking and driving education programs for high school students and education programs for alcohol servers at restaurants.
Be a responsible driver. If you drink, don’t drive. If you do plan on drinking, have a designated driver, use mass transit, taxis or call a friend. If you see someone you suspect of driving drunk, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over. Take notice of the license plate number of the driver along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. However, make sure you don’t compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information and call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.
For additional information on the dangers of drinking and driving and on the designated driver program, visit http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/index.html and http://www.madd.org/.