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West Long Branch Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins Friday

The department is participating in the Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign.

By Christopher Sheldon

The West Long Branch Police Department is participating the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will be cracking down on drunk driving.

The enforcement campaign begins on Dec. 6 and runs through Jan. 2. During this period, the state and local police will be conducting "saturation patrols" and sobriety checkpoints as they look for motorists who may be driving while impaired or intoxicated, according to West Long Branch Police Sgt. Brian Kramer.

"This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent,“ Kramer said in a release. “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them."

The West Long Branch Police Department offers the following advice:

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

  • Take mass transit, a taxi 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 or 911 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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