police cruisersHOLMDEL, NJ - Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff of the summer season at the shore and Police Chiefs in the Bayshore area are reminding everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.  If your holiday celebration involves alcohol, then you have to make a plan to get home without getting behind the wheel.  The Bayshore Task Force, which is comprised of Police Departments in Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Holmdel, Highlands, Keyport, Keansburg, Matawan, Middletown, and Union Beach, will be deploying officers as part of a DWI Saturation Patrol over the upcoming weekend.  All paid for through grants and Drunk Driving Enforcement Funds.  Additional saturation patrols will be scheduled to coincide with holidays and other periods prone to increases in DWI-related crashes.

“If you want to stay safe this weekend, make a plan to get home without driving, if you’ve been drinking,” said Holmdel Chief John Mioduszewski, President of the Bayshore Task Force. “Even one drink impairs judgement, so plan to get home by taxi, ride-share, or designate a sober driver.” added Highlands Chief Robert Burton, “So, think ahead to stay safe.”

It is illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  In 2017, 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related.  Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes.  Even if you drive drunk and are not killed or seriously injured, you could end up paying as much as $10,000 for a DWI summons, in addition to license suspension up to one year for a first offense. 

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so follow these simple tips to stay safe:

  • Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party.  Alcohol impairs judgment, as well as reaction time.  If you’re drunk, you’re more likely to choose to drive drunk.
  • Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, a car service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement when it is safe to do so.
  • If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.