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Posted on: August 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Summit Police participating in statewide crackdown on impaired driving beginning August 16

Drive sober or get pulled over

SUMMIT, N.J., August 16, 2019 – The Summit Police Department is participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a statewide crackdown on impaired driving that will take place from August 16 through September 2, 2019.

The goal of the New Jersey state program is to encourage law enforcement agencies to raise public awareness about the dangers of alcohol-impaired driving through a combination of highly visible enforcement backed up by targeted media activities.

“Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” explains Traffic Lieutenant David L. Richel. “Summit Police will be conducting roving patrols to stop drivers who appear to be operating vehicles while impaired. We are committed to making Summit a safer community for all visitors, residents, and commuters.” 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the Labor Day holiday is one of the most dangerous on New Jersey roads with more drunk driving incidents reported over the holiday weekend than during any other time of the year.

Richel continues: “No matter where you drive in the United States, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Please drink responsibly and join us in making Summit roadways free of impaired drivers.”

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