Beginning December 4, 2020 and continuing through January 1, 2021 the Gloucester Township Police Department will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. GTPD will conduct marked and unmarked saturation patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced nearly 38,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 700 fatalities. 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.
Last year, 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2020 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home or just spend the night
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately to report it
- Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel
During the holidays, and every day, please remember that drunk driving isn’t only illegal, it’s deadly. For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
DATE/TIME OF RELEASE: 12/2/2020 9:49 AM
DATE/TIME OF INCIDENT: 12/4/20 – 1/1/21
APPROVED BY: Captain Brendan Barton #156
INVESTIGATING OFFICERS: Gloucester Township Police Department
RELEASE MADE BY: Lieutenant Timothy R. Kohlmyer #206