Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

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December 7, 2017

Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105

December 8th – January 1st

Newark – The Essex County Sheriff’s Office will join with the county’s 22 municipal police departments and participate in a statewide crackdown on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  Beginning December 8, 2017 and continuing through January 1, 2018 law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and soriety checkpoints for motorists who may be intoxicated.


“The campaign is our effort to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through high visibility enforcement and public education,” Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.  “During the past five years New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 750 fatalities.  Our campaign can and will save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving increases by nearly ten percent.”

Sheriff Fontoura offers the following advices to Essex County motorists:

Take mass transit, a taxicab of ask a sober friend to drive you home;

Spend the night where the activity or party is held;

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement;

Always buckle-up, every ride.  It’s the best defense against an impaired driver;

If someone you know is drinking, don’t let that person get behind the wheel.