New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement will spend the rest of the year cracking down on drunk driving and other traffic offenses. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday enforcement campaign begins Friday, December 4, and will continue through January 1, 2021.
Taking place during the summer and holiday season in New Jersey, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” aims to deter intoxicated driving and other unsafe behavior through increased and highly visible law enforcement. The goal is prevention and not arrest, but arrests will be made when necessary.
During the 2019 holiday enforcement campaign, 336 police agencies across New Jersey conducted 1,380 DWI arrests. Police also issued more than 2,000 seat belt tickets, more than 1,000 cell phone or texting tickets, and nearly 5,000 speeding tickets during the campaign period.
More than 10,000 people die in impaired driving-related car accidents in New Jersey each year. Although New Jersey does not consider impaired driving to be a crime, it is still a very serious offense and carries severe penalties.
People convicted of a first-time DWI can spend up to 30 days in jail, and face more than $4,000 in surcharges, fines, and other fees. A driver can also have his/her license suspended and be required to install an ignition interlock device (breathalyzer) on the vehicle for up to 18 months. Once installed, a vehicle won’t start until someone breathes into the device with an alcohol-free breath.
A second offense in 10 years can result in even harsher penalties. This includes up to 90 days in jail, a license suspension of up to 2 years, and fines that can total nearly $5,000.
If you or someone you love has been charged with DWI or any other traffic offense as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement initiative, contact an attorney for help. At Rosenblum Law, our skilled traffic ticket and criminal defense attorneys can help protect your rights and fight to keep you out of jail. E-mail Rosenblum Law or call 888-815-3694 today for a free consultation about your case.