As the year-end holiday season approaches, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS) will once again be cracking down on impaired drivers beginning December 6. New Jersey drivers should refrain from driving drunk during the holidays to avoid causing car accidents, getting a ticket, and/or being arrested.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s (NHTSA) nationwide campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, aims to reduce the number of impaired driving crashes, which consistently spikes over the holidays. According to the NHTSA, approximately 4,000 people died in drunk driving crashes during the month of December over a five-year period. Out of the 10,874 people who died in drunk driving crashes in 2017, 885 occurred in December alone.
New Jersey Holiday Crackdown on Drunk Drivers
The NJDHTS utilizes the campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities on New Jersey roads. During the last five years, there were approximately 37,000 alcohol-related crashes in New Jersey, which resulted in more than 679 fatalities. Twenty percent of all New Jersey motor vehicle fatalities in 2018 were alcohol-related.
Highly visible enforcement has been proven to deter impaired driving; therefore, the NJDHTS, various police departments, and traffic safety agencies joined forces to implement and enforce the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Last year, New Jersey police made 1,269 DWI arrests, wrote 5,704 speeding tickets, and issued 3,125 seat belt summonses.
All 491 police agencies in New Jersey were invited to participate in the campaign, with many receiving overtime enforcement grants. Drivers in counties across the state should be aware that police will be continuing to issue holiday DWI tickets for the rest of 2019.
New Jersey DWI Laws and Penalties
When a person’s ability to drive safely is impaired, they put themselves and others at risk. In New Jersey, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, or while under the influence of drugs. The legal consequences of driving under the influence vary depending on the offender’s driving history and level of impairment, as well as the injuries and damage caused by the accident and whether there were other aggravating factors present. New Jersey is a no-fault car insurance state, meaning that most car accident victims must typically file a claim under their own personal injury protection coverage to obtain compensation. However, there are circumstances that may warrant a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault driver. Given the complex laws in this area, it is advisable to contact a local attorney for assistance with your case.
Atlantic City Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Represent Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
If you were injured by an impaired driver, contact an Atlantic City car accident lawyer at the D’Amato Law Firm. From our office in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury. For a free consultation, call us at 609-926-3300 or contact us online.