As an element of the ongoing “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Officer has announced its intention to vigorously pursue drivers who operate motor vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol, utilizing enforcement techniques such as sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols to identify impaired drivers through Labor Day, September 7th.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a nationwide crusade against drunk drivers that was initiated in 1999. The campaign integrates education and enforcement components, including media displays and intensified patrol tactics, as a means by which to prevent impaired driving and collateral consequences such as car accidents, associated injuries, and fatalities.
Participating law enforcement bodies on both the State and local level receive monetary support in the form of grants from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety to implement and execute the campaign during the summer months.
Overall, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” means that residents and travelers in Somerset County can expect sobriety checkpoints and an increase in patrols to identify impaired drivers. Alleged offenders who are charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs may be subject to suspension of driving privileges, significant fines, and even jail sentences if they are ultimately convicted.
For additional information pertaining to this issue in Somerset County, access the following article: Somerset County Sheriff’s Officers to Enforce Statewide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Through Labor Day
To learn more about the national campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.