ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Chief Jerry Vasto reports the Atlantic Highlands Police Department has received a $ 5000.00 grant which was awarded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to participate in the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over “campaign.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving is reckless and preventable.” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “During this campaign police agencies in New Jersey will be sending a clear message. If drivers are caught driving impaired they will be arrested.”

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” runs from August 15 through September 1. Additional Officers will be patrolling in an effort to locate and arrest drunk drivers.

Chief Vasto would like to wish everybody a safe Labor Day holiday and 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 for 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 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 travelling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member take you to your doorstep.