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August 24, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
- Roberto Rodriguez, Director

 

Gary Myerovich
609-633-8727

 

“You Drink and Drive...You Lose.”
Tri-State Crackdown is Now Underway to Target Impaired Drivers

(Times Square-NYC) - Officials and law enforcement from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut gathered at Times Square this morning, as the Tri-State Traffic Safety Partners formally announced the 2005 “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” campaign, which began Friday, August 19th and will continue through Labor Day, September 5th. The famous NBC/Panasonic AstroVision Times Square billboard provided the backdrop, showing the “You Drink and Drive, You Lose.” public service announcement. The two week period is one of the deadliest for DWI crashes in the United States. The crackdown has law enforcement using a zero tolerance approach, as the three states join the national effort.

“As we approach the Labor Day Weekend, law enforcement officers statewide will be enhancing their efforts to target and apprehend impaired drivers,” said Attorney General Peter C. Harvey. “Motorists are reminded never to drink and drive. The risks you take are great and the consequences are severe.”

“On a national level, fatalities in alcohol-related crashes have decreased for a second year,” said Roberto Rodriguez, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “New Jersey has historically been several points below the national average. This shows that drivers are getting the all important “You Drink and Drive, You lose” message. New Jerseyans support tougher enforcement and rank drunk driving ahead of healthcare, poverty, the environment and gun control as an important social issue. The entire focus is to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by impaired drivers.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge announced the most recent statistics on DWI crashes and fatalities. Among the luminaries joining Dr. Runge were MADD National President Glynn Birch, NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Roberto Rodriguez, NJ State Police Lt. Col. Thomas Gilbert, and NHTSA Regional Administrator Thomas Louizou, among other dignitaries from the three states.

Nationwide, alcohol-related crashes account for approximately 40 percent of all traffic fatalities each year. In 2003, more than 17,000 people were killed across America in impaired driving-related highway crashes. In that same year, New Jersey accounted for 275 alcohol-related fatalities.

The Division has awarded over 100 grants to police agencies statewide to conduct DWI checkpoints and patrols over the two-week mobilization period. However, many more police departments will show their dedication to eradicate drunk drivers from New Jersey’s roadways by participating in the campaign without grant assistance.

As the Summer season builds to a finale in the Garden State, the Division advises you to be responsible and don’t risk it. You will be caught if you drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver.. If you’re on the road, report impaired drivers by calling #77 on your cell phone. Enjoy the rest of the Summer. Don’t drink and drive, because if “You Drink and Drive, You Lose!”

NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety 2005 “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” Grants:

Atlantic:

  • Atlantic County
  • A.C. Sheriff
  • Hammonton PD
  • Pleasantville PD

Bergen:

  • Cliffside Park
  • Elmwood Park
  • Fair Lawn
  • Garfield
  • Leonia
  • Mahwah
  • N. Arlington
  • Palisades Park
  • Ridgefield Park
  • River Vale
  • Tenafly

Burlington:

  • Burlington City
  • Burlington Co.- Bridge Comm.
  • Delran PD
  • Palmyra
  • Riverside Twp- PD
  • Westampton Twp -PD

Camden:

  • Camden Co.
  • Gloucester City- Pd
  • Pennsauken PD
  • Runnemede PD
  • Somerdale PD
  • Stratford

Cape May:

  • Middle Twp
  • Wildwood Crest- PD

Cumberland:

  • Millville PD

Essex:

  • Belleville
  • Cedar Grove
  • Roseland
  • South Orange

Gloucester:

  • Franklin Twp PD
  • Glassboro PD
  • Monroe Twp PD
  • Washington Twp-PD

Hudson:

  • Bayonne
  • Harrison
  • Hoboken
  • Union City

Hunterdon:

  • Lambertville

Mercer:

  • East Windsor
  • Ewing
  • Hamilton Twp
  • Hopewell
  • Lawrence
  • Princeton Boro
  • Trenton
  • Washington

Middlesex:

  • Middlesex Co.
  • South River

Monmouth:

  • Atlantic Highlands
  • Brielle
  • Freehold Twp
  • Hazlet
  • Holmdel Twp
  • Howell Twp
  • Keyport
  • Little Silver
  • Manalapan
  • Manasquan
  • Middletown
  • Ocean Twp
  • Oceanport
  • Wall Twp
  • Neptune Twp

Morris:

  • Denville
  • Hanover Twp
  • Long Hill
  • Mount Olive
  • Netcong
  • Pequannock
  • Randolph
  • Riverdale
  • Roxbury
  • Wharton

Passaic:

  • City of Passaic
  • Clifton
  • Pompton Lakes
  • Wayne
  • West Paterson
  • Salem:
  • Pennsville Twp-PD

Somerset:

  • Bernards Twp
  • Bound Brook Boro
  • Hillsborough
  • North Plainfield
  • Raritan Twp
  • Raritan Boro

Sussex:

  • Hopatcong
  • Newton
  • Sparta

Union:

  • Cranford
  • Hillside
  • Kenilworth
  • Plainfield
  • Rahway
  • Roselle Boro
  • Summit
  • Union County
  • Westfield

Warren:

  • Independence
  • Lopatcong
  • Washington Twp

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