LODI, N.J. -- As part of the statewide 2015 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the Lodi Police Department will conduct a drunk driver crackdown from Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, according to officials.
The police will man both sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols during that two-week period to deter drunkenness on the roads, Lodi officials said.
Lodi police and law enforcement agencies statewide offer the following advice to people who may be out and about, at social gatherings including alcohol:
If you plan to drink, before going out designate a driver who won’t. Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive. Plan to stay overnight where the event is being held. Report impaired drivers; in New Jersey, dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver. Always buckle up, for every ride, regardless of where you’re seated; it’s your best defense. If you’re intoxicated and walking, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have someone drive you.
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over " is a national initiative that was launched in 1999, designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. Police use high-visibility enforcement and education tools to prevent accidents and deaths due to alcohol. In 2013, alcohol impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey 's motor vehicle deaths.
The acting director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Gary Poedubicky, said "More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year due to drunk driving, and these crashes cost our society nearly $50 billion annually.
"There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired, they will be arrested."