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‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ back for holidays

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PUBLIC SAFETY: Local, county and state police will be on the lookout as the holiday-season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign officially begins this Friday — and continues through Jan. 2.

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints will be the norm.

“This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent,” Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said. “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them.”

Last year, statistics show, 22% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related.

Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk-driving crashes, which costs an estimated $37 billion annually.

Authorities suggest:

•If you plan to drink, designate a driver before you go out who will not drink alcohol;
•Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home;
•Spend the night where the activity is held;
•Report impaired drivers to law enforcement (dial #77);
•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.

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