Another reminder NOT to drink and drive this month as part of New Jersey Law Enforcement's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign December 8 through January 1 takes place in Monmouth County.

Sheriff Shaun Golden is asking drivers who want to go out and drink during this holiday season to keep dry while behind the wheel.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but, law enforcement will be on the lookout. If you are going to drink, don’t drive,” Golden said. “Sobriety checks will be set up throughout Monmouth County and motorists will be stopped in an effort to maintain the utmost of safety.”

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is part of a national awareness effort to inform drivers about the dangers of getting behind the wheel while impaired.

Golden shared statistics from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, who says that since Jan. 1, 2017 there have 572 fatalities on NJ roadways with 20 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in the state being alcohol related.

“Any fatality or crash on our roads is one too many,” Golden said. “Enforcing the law and educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving raises awareness and helps keep our roadways safer.”

Fourteen law enforcement agencies in Monmouth County received grants for this program through the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind and follow now and after the campaign:

  • Before going out, designate a driver who will not consume any alcohol the entire night.
  • DO NOT DRIVE if you are impaired. Call a cab, a sober friend or family member.
  • If you don’t have a ride, stay where you are. If you live nearby, do not attempt to walk or ride a bicycle home.
  • If you see someone about to get behind the wheel or on a motorcycle after they have been drinking, take their keys and find them a ride with someone who is sober.
  • Always buckle up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • Under no circumstances should adults provide alcohol to a minor or allow anyone under 21 to consume alcohol while at their home.

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