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Camden County PD participating in DUI enforcement campaign

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(Camden City, NJ) – This holiday season, the Camden County Police Department is participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign – a national effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts. The campaign (running from Dec. 7 – Jan. 1) is designed to curtail impaired driving during the busy holiday season.

Nationally, driving under the influence is a crime that last year alone caused nearly 11,000 deaths. In New Jersey, over five years from 2012-2016, there were 37,964 DUI accidents that resulted in 718 fatalities.

As part of this initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies, including the Camden County Police Department, to run the campaign. Camden County Police Department officers will be stepping up enforcement and looking for impaired drivers to get them off the road.

Don’t put others and yourself at risk by getting into the driver’s seat after drinking or using drugs:

-        If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.

-        Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

-        Spend the night where the activity is held.

-        Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

-        If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.