Local Police Departments to Crackdown on ‘Drunk and Impaired Drivers’ Throughout State: NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Holiday Campaign Now Being Enforced

North Brunswick, NJ -- Do not get behind the wheel if you've been drinking -- period.

Designed to target drunk or impaired drivers over the holidays, the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety on Dec. 6 spearheaded its annual traffic safety program, according to a release issued by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s office.

The campaign, dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is part of a nationwide move to curtail “crash risks,” during a period in which heavy traffic volume is typical on local roads. It runs through January 1, 2020.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety has given 133 NJ police department’s grants totaling $596,660. In Middlesex County, for example, nine Police Departments were given $5,500 each, and include: Edison, Metuchen, Monroe, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, and South Brunswick.

Police departments in 19 other counties also received funds ranging from $8,800 to $6,000 (see “Final Grantee List”). The funds will “pay for saturation patrols and high-visibility sobriety checkpoints,” noted the release.

Grewal says the move is designed to raise public awareness, while saving lives.

“The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends but if your celebration includes alcohol, leave the driving to someone else - a sober friend, a ride share, or public transportation,” he said. “Being a responsible driver is one of the simplest ways to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for everyone.”

In NJ, 125 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes last year, a figure representing more than 20% of traffic fatalities recorded nationwide.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which maintains a Fatality Analysis Reporting System said that 10,511 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2018, a figure that represents nearly 30% of all US fatalities recorded last year.  

More than 800 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver in December of 2018, according to NHTSA. In addition, NHTSA recorded “more drunk-driving-related fatalities during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods last year alone” compared to any other periods in 2018.

But fatalities are preventable -- officials warn that “driving under the influence of any substance, be it drugs or alcohol, is deadly, illegal, and selfish behavior,” said Eric Heitmann, Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, adding, “To promote traffic safety this holiday season, law enforcement officers will be out in force looking for impaired drivers. If you drive under the influence … you can count on being stopped and arrested.”

In 2018, more than three-quarters (372) of NJ’s police agencies took part in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Enforcement efforts last year resulted in more than 1,200 DWI arrests (alcohol and/or drugs) in NJ, while the participating police agencies issued 5,704 and 3,125 speeding and seat belt summonses, respectively, stated the release.

The release also cited “a number of departments” which “reported noteworthy accomplishments,” including 15 agencies making at least 14 DWI arrests during the campaign.


JERSEY CITY, NJ--Two additional officers and one civilian have also been struck by gunfire but they are stable. Canine Unit, Bomb Unit, Marine Services, Aviation, Field Ops. Tactical Patrol,Central Security, Trafficking, and Emergency Response Bureau are assisting. 

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By Leah Brown Klein

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J-- Football coach Greg Schiano is officially back at Rutgers University.

As a highly paid college football coach in the US, he’s also the highest paid public employee in the Garden State.

Schiano formerly led Rutgers to six bowl games during his prior tenure as coach from 2001 to 2011.

The vote on Tuesday Dec. 3, in a special morning meeting by Rutgers’ Board of Governors was unanimous – a verbal vote that took place at Winants Hall on College Avenue as the sun melted the black ice left over from the prior day’s storm.

Last month, contract talks all but stalled out as the total contract figure was reported to be $32 million.  – a new practice field, and improvements to SHI Stadium, the main arena, all in order to be competitive in the Big Ten.

According to reports, aside from the whopping salary, Schiano will receive:

  • A $400,000 retention bonuses every other year after the second year of his contract.
  • A $25.2 million guarantee if the university were to fire him without cause before 2021.
  • Use of private-jet travel for all recruiting activities, and university-related travel.
  • In addition, that his family will travel to away games on the team's charter flight, if desired.

I’m sorry, said Chris Cristie speaking against the deal in remarks at an event in Woodbridge Township on Nov. 25. 

"When a coach is demanding an eight-year guarantee from a public institution and thirty four million dollars, and then says on top of it 'I want private air travel for me and my family for the entire eight years'”  Christie said of Schiano, reportedly the most successful coach Rutgers University has ever had.

"He's not Bear Bryant, he's not Urban Meyer. He's an unemployed football coach who now wants the taxpayers of the state of New Jersey to pay for his private air travel."

The Press Event yesterday Coach Schiano mentioned "he will be bringing back the Chop Chop Theory and explained its importance of keeping focused and achieving goals." 

In the room was Eric Legrand whom sent a heart-felt letter to the media in hopes of re-starting the negotiations to hire Coach Schiano. 

Saturday, September 5th Rutgers will meet Monmouth University to kick-off the 2020 season.