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New Jersey law enforcement focuses on DUIs through Labor Day

Drunk driving is a negligent and reckless behavior. Despite the known dangers and the high rate of fatal car accidents involving drunk drivers, many New Jersey residents still get behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink.

Starting this weekend and going through the Labor Day holiday, local law enforcement officials from over 400 agencies throughout New Jersey will be focusing their efforts on preventing drunk driving. While DUI enforcement is always an issue and a priority for police in the state, the increased emphasis is common surrounding holidays because of the higher overall rate of drunk driving.

The crackdown is a part of a nationwide campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” led by the Division of Highway Safety. Last year the enforcement campaign was successful in making 1,437 DUI arrests in New Jersey. About one-third of all traffic fatalities involve a driver who is intoxicated.

“Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life. The fine is only the beginning,” said the director of the Division of Highway Safety.

It’s true that there are many long lasting consequences to causing a car accident through drunk driving. Drivers who negligently cause car accidents may be liable for the property damage, medical bills, and pain and suffering caused by the crash.

Safety officials encourage New Jersey residents to report a suspected drunk driver to police immediately and to always wear a seatbelt to limit injuries in the event of an accident.

Source: The Record, “Statewide DWI crackdown underway through Labor Day,” Bryan La Placa, August 16, 2012.

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