drive sober or get pulled over

Police are cracking down on drivers who drink alcohol through the end of the year.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign began statewide Friday and continues through Jan. 1, Egg Harbor Township and Lower Township police said in statements.

Local and state law-enforcement agencies will increase patrols and conduct sobriety checkpoints looking for people who may be driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.

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The annual campaign is meant to to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, police said.

“During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol-involved crashes resulting in more than 750 fatalities,” Egg Harbor Township Sgt. Cherie Burgan said. “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 percent of all New Jersey motor-vehicle deaths were alcohol-related, police said. More than 10,000 people die annually nationwide in drunken-driving crashes.

Police suggest:

Taking public transportation or asking a sober friend to drive you home.

Spending the night where the event is being held.

Calling police if you see an impaired driver on the road.

Always buckling seat belts.

If intoxicated and walking home, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.

Don’t let someone you know is impaired drive themselves or others home.

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Contact: 609-272-7090 wdiez@pressofac.com Twitter @_waldy

Waldy Diez joined the Press of Atlantic City's breaking news team in July 2017. She's a graduate of Syracuse and Rowan Universities. Previously, she was a morning tv news producer.

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