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"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over "

From August 16 to September 2, 2019

HUDSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

News Release

 

 

For Immediate Release:                                Contact: Sheriff Frank Schillari

Date: 07/29/2019                                           Phone number:  201-795-6300 ext:7262

 

 

Sheriff’s Office takes part in national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

 

Hudson County – County Sheriff’s Officers will be keeping an extra eye out for drunk drivers beginning August 16th  and running through September 2nd as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools.

“Starting August 16th , my officers will be out looking for impaired drivers and getting them off the road before they can cause harm.” said Sheriff Frank Schillari.  “This grant allows me to put extra patrols out, at key hours, to focus on combating impaired driving.” The Sheriff’s Office will have extra roving patrols throughout Hudson County.  “There is no reason to drive under the influence, there are plenty of options out there for you if you drink too much, such as Uber and Lyft, a designated driver or public transportation” The Sheriff said “ We want everyone to enjoy the end of summer, but we want drivers to do it safely and responsibly.”

 

The Sheriff offered some of the following tips:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.

  • Take mass transit, a taxi, Uber, Lyft or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

  • Spend the night where the activity is held.

  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.  In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.

  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

 

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"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over "

From December 7, 2018 to January 1, 2019

Hudson County Sheriff’s Office to

Participate in Statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Crackdown


 

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 7, 2018 and continuing through January 1, 2019, local, county and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.


 

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “There were approximately 38,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 700 fatalities, nationwide in 2017" said Sheriff Frank Schillari.  “Our goal is to keep the public safe. National statistics show that impaired driving increases about 10% this time of year. As always, I want everyone to enjoy the holidays, but I want them to have a safe and tragedy free holiday season.” The Sheriff said.


 

In 2017, 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in impaired driving crashes. The Sheriff offers the following advice for a safe holiday season:

 

·        Take mass transit, a taxicab, or 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. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.  CALL 9-1-1

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

·        If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, 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.

·        Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

 

“My officers will be out in force throughout the county looking for impaired drivers, we will catch you and you will be arrested. We don’t want to ruin your holiday and we don’t want you to ruin anyone else’s holiday, so don’t drink and drive” Sheriff Schillari said.

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over "

From December 9, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Hudson County Sheriff shares results of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

 

JERSEY CITY, NJ – From December 9th to January 1st, The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office participated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations – Year End Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. The campaign is funded by grant money from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign is designed to crackdown on Drunk Driving across the nation.

 

“I am pleased to announce that we did not arrest anyone for driving while intoxicated during a sobriety checkpoint that we conducted on Kennedy Boulevard Friday, December 30th,” said Sheriff Frank Schillari, “ it is not all about arrests, the focus of this campaign is safety and the message was clear, the past efforts of my officers worked. Drinkers took the safest option and they did not drive drunk, they did not want to be arrested.”  The checkpoint was not totally uneventful; Sheriff’s Officers issued 19 summonses as a result of the checkpoint.

 

“Driving while Under the Influence is dangerous, I am glad that the hard work of my Officers is yielding a positive effect and we will remain committed to helping make Hudson County a safe place to live and drive.” the Sheriff said.

 

The Sheriff’s Office released the following results for the entire Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign:

 

Arrests:

 

DWI (Alcohol) – 7

CDS (Drugs) - 6

 

Total Agency Arrests during Campaign – 53

 

Summonses:

 

Open Container of Alcohol in Vehicle – 6

Possession of CDS in Vehicle – 4

Seatbelt – 14

Speeding – 71

Cell Phone – 6

Unlicensed Driver – 21

Suspended Driver – 47

Careless Driving – 31

Unregistered Vehicle – 26

Uninsured Vehicle – 2

Maintenance of Lamps – 3

Impounded Vehicles – 35

Failure to Observe Signal – 45

Failure to Stop at Stop Sign - 14

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over "

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