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Lacey Police to Crack Down on Drunken Driving in August

The Lacey Township Police Department joins a statewide campaign that will utilize sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and public education tools

The Lacey Township Police Department will be cracking down on drunken drivers in August as part of a statewide summer 2012 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting no only yourself, but everyone on the road in danger.”

From Friday, Aug. 17 through Monday, Sept. 3, local and state police will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, targeting potentially intoxicated motorists, a news release from the police department said.

The event is part of a national effort, launched in 1999, to combat drunken driving during the busiest travel times of the year, such as Labor Day weekend. The Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to run the two-week campaign.

The campaign will help to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs, the news release said.

In 2010, 20 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities were a result of alcohol-impaired drivers, the release said.

The Lacey Township Police Department asks motorists: 

  • If you plan to drink, before going out, designate a sober driver.
  • Take public transportation or ask a sober friend to drive you home. If you intend to travel on foot, still seek reliable transportation.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Report impaired drivers to the police. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunken or aggressive driver.
  • Always wear your seat belt.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

Forked River Mom August 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Great news! I wish they did this every weekend.
Joey Young August 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Great news
ed crowley August 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
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ed crowley August 09, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Will the prosecutor be enforcing the charges or will there be pleas accepted for this. When will DUI become a crime.
lee long August 09, 2012 at 07:18 AM
@ ed, that doesent make any sense at all, when there is a plea that means they have been charged with a crime, in which they have to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty
donald hinman August 09, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I can't believe this country. It is so stupid to put a number on the drinks you can or cannot consume before driving. I know for a fact that I am able to have at least 4 drinks and still be able to drive just fine. Give me a break.
Marie Korsak August 09, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Ask someone that has lost their child or a loved one to a drunk driver if the .08 law is stupid.
karen August 09, 2012 at 12:29 PM
OMG. Just announce it so the drunk drivers are aware.
Linny August 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Again my thanks to the Lacey Police Dept.. I have seen the stepped up police cars more often now all over town.. This is what we need.. and you are doing it.. If no one else will thank you then I Will.. Thank You...
b87 August 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
by law the township has to announce it. Its been that way forever
Michael Hendrickson August 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I will not be told how many drinks I can and can not have..If I want to have one drink then I'll have one drink if I want 15 drinks then you can be assured I'll have 15 drinks..And if I choose to drive then that's my business not anybody else's
Im not Jim August 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Holy Hell, Cops actually patrolling Again, went 5 years straight without seeing one come by, Now they are everywhere!!! Crime has Tripled since Walmart and the Economy tanked. So its good to see cops patrolling Again street by street again asking skells walking around in Daytime "Where you heading",it will slow up the B&Es that are rampant.
DSmith August 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Except the people you kill when driving after 15 drinks. I hope you are not really such a moron.
none ya August 10, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I love how they suggest public transportation... They obviously are not from around here because there practically is none!
Sailor August 18, 2012 at 04:10 AM
My guess is that Michael is actually 12 years old and posts his comments when his Mom and Dad (or babysitter) aren't watching him.
Sailor August 18, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Thanks, Lacey PD
the pin cushion man in balooney land August 18, 2012 at 07:30 AM
donald hinman meanwhile commented all over an article about a local boxer who just got busted for a dwi hinman and hypocrite both begin with an H. hendrickson is doing his usual patch trolling trying to write anything stupid that will get people upset

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