Begins Today: Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell Police to Participate in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Aug. 15 to Sept. 1
CALDWELL, NJ - Area police will be participating in the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign which begins today. Caldwell Police Chief James H. Bongiorno, Essex Fells Police Chief Vincent Kulik, Fairfield Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer and West Caldwell Police Chief Michael J. Bramhall all confirmed that their agencies will take part in the coordinated effort with other local and state law enforcement agencies, to crack down on drunk drivers. Each group on their own will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. Little Falls Police will be taking part in the campaign as well.
From Friday, Aug. 15 through Monday, Sept. 1, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.
In 2013, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 22 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. The 2013 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown resulted in:
WEST ESSEX AREA POLICE
Law enforcement agencies from around West Essex reported the following results during the 2013 campaign:
In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if they operate a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC - the amount of alcohol the bloodstream) of 0.08 percent or greater. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent. Consuming even small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgement, vision and alertness. If you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively impacted, you can be convicted of drunk driving.
Driving under the Influence Penalties
1st Offense - BAC: 0.08 percent or higher, but less than 0.10 percent
All offenses also carry:
Refusal to Submit to Breath Test Penalty
Possessing an Open Container Penalty
If occurring within a school zone, some of the above penalties are increased.
“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year
The Division of Highway Traffic Safety offers the following advice: