Residents will need to be extra cautious when driving this holiday season. The police department is cracking down on drunk drivers by participating in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.
The campaign will begin Friday and go through Jan. 2.
During that time, the department, along other local and state law enforcement agencies, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and send extra patrol personnel to important areas to look for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
According to the department, drunk and impaired drivers kill nearly 18,000 people annually in the United States. In 2009, more than 4,200 people between 21 and 34 were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
The department offers residents the following advise when driving this holida season:
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement officials by dialing #77 from a cell phone.
- Designate a driver, someone who will not drink so they are sober to drive, before going out.
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Buckle safety belts.
For more information on combating drunk driving or to report an incident call the department at 973-694-0600.