From The Office of the Chief of Police Richard Trigo

 FANWOOD ‑ The Fanwood Police Department will participate in the 2014 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from now until Monday, September 1. The Fanwood Police Department is one of 40 Central Jersey police departments awarded grant monies for the campaign sponsored by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo, upon receiving the grant, stated that the goal is not to make arrests, but to keep the residents of Fanwood safe and to also educate residents on the hazards of drunk driving. He encourages everyone to have a designated driver who will not be drinking alcohol.

As summer comes to a close, many people celebrate Labor Day weekend with parties. With safety in mind, Chief Trigo offers the following advice: If you plan to drink, before going out designate a driver who will not be drinking alcohol; Take mass transit, a taxi or ask 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 is your best defense against an impaired driver.

Police Departments in New Jersey are among 200 law-enforcement agencies sharing $975,000 in grant money from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety to conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols targeting drunk drivers from August 15 to September 1.

Local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated, police announced.

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