For the protection of our community, the Voorhees Township Police Department will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs through January 1, 2023. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign” is part of a national push to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and will include saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints focusing on motorists who may be intoxicated while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person is killed every 52 minutes in drunk-driving crashes.
Across the state, NJ police are on high alert for drunk drivers. Over 100 police departments in New Jersey received grant funding totaling $632,520 that helps pay for increased patrols and the sobriety checkpoints. In 2020, the campaign resulted in 590 DUI arrests and the departments that participated issued 3,121 summonses for speeding and 817 summons for seat belt violations.
In New Jersey, crashes involving drunk drivers accounted for almost 25% of all traffic deaths in 2019. Fatalities from drunk driving increase during holiday period more than any other time of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Every holiday season, hundreds of lives are lost due to drunk drivers and alcohol-impaired fatalities make up more than a quarter of all crash fatalities.
Our Police offer the following advice for the holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxi, Uber or similar service or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your action may save someone’s life and failure to act could cost a life.
- Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
Voorhees Township is continuing the “Voorhees Saves Lives Program” to help our residents get home safely from local bars and restaurants. The program provides free rides home to Voorhees residents from any participating restaurant or bar in Voorhees and the ChopHouse in Gibbsboro. Voorhees and Uber are working together to reduce alcohol related car incidents. Residents should have an active Uber account to receive the voucher. In any participating restaurant, scan the below QR code with your phone camera, click on the yellow uber.com symbol that pops up and follow the prompts.