Back in November we warned our readers about New Jersey law enforcement campaigns to reduce drunk driving even by asking fellow residents to report any possible violations they see. Those campaigns were in response to historic patterns around the Thanksgiving holiday week.
In a statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign, local police departments across the state were at it again in December. Campaigns were begun around Dec. 14 that included a zero-tolerance attitude and a number of DUI checkpoints. Although Christmas is over, the campaigns certainly are not.
New Year's Eve is just around the corner and local law enforcement officials are well aware of the fact that most of these celebrations involve if not center around alcohol. It is one of the most notorious days for drunk driving arrests, and officials belief this year will be no different. Many of the campaigns such as the one in neighboring Garwood will run through Jan. 2, 2013 before concentrated efforts are lessened.
It is extremely important to note that the "zero-tolerance attitude" means exactly what it sounds like; police are quick to charge anyone they suspect are even a fraction over the .08 legal limit. Even the most conscientious individuals cannot tell exactly what their blood alcohol level is without the assistance of a personally-owned Breathalyzer test. Yet, the difference between .079 and .081 could mean the difference between "continue on your way" and "step out of the car."
Source: Clark-Garwood Patch, "Garwood Police Participating in Drunk Driving Crackdown," Dec. 18, 2012
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