Drunk driving is an issue in New Jersey. Across the country, people die every day because of the negligence of a driver who chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking. While the state has strict drunk driving laws, they do not prevent people from driving while under the influence. This is why further actions are taken to help get drunk drivers off the road. Law enforcement often run special campaigns to target drunk drivers. One such campaign is Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
When people have been socially drinking and entertain the thought of driving home on their own, they are mistakengly making a decision that could ultimately put themselves, their passengers and all other motorists around them at extreme risk. While driving under the influence has legal consequences in New Jersey, it can also create major hazards when impairment affects a person's ability to make responsible decisions.
A driver on the roads of any state in the country could be arrested if his or her blood alcohol content is above 0.08 percent. According to the State of New Jersey's Department of Law & Public Safety, any amount of alcohol could lead to a drunk driving conviction in the state if it results in erratic driving, traffic violations or other signs of intoxication.
Many people in New Jersey may believe that they can tell when it is safe for them to drive after drinking. Whether they base their decision on how many drinks they had or how they feel, that assessment could be a fatal mistake.
Statewide, New Jersey law enforcement are participating in a program that provides extra money to agencies so they can allocate extra resources toward identifying and stopping drunk drivers. According to the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols will begin Dec. 9, 2017, and run through Jan. 1, 2018. So far this year, alcohol-related fatalities have equaled 20 percent of the 572 total traffic deaths on state roadways.
After a few years of driving in New Jersey, a person's muscle memory may automatically take over when behind the wheel. Even though it may seem as if a driver is on autopilot, he or she is constantly making decisions. In fact, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the average person makes about 200 choices for every mile driven. For safety, these should be made consciously. If a person drinks alcohol, though, this can be physically impossible.
Anytime a holiday approaches, concerns increase about road safety in New Jersey. Some holidays are more dangerous than others because drinking and driving becomes more prevalent. One of the times this happens is Labor Day weekend. This holiday is often celebrated by eating good food, which is often accompanied by alcohol. People drink too much yet still feel they are fine to get behind the wheel, thus creating a dangerous environment on roadways.
Each day, hundreds of New Jersey motorists travel the busy thoroughfares to get from one place to another, and as a consequence each is subjected to the actions of the drivers around them. Unfortunately, even if people are cautious, mindful and defensive drivers, they are still at risk of being involved in a car accident if other motorists are distracted, fatigued or under the influence.
When drivers who have had too much to drink get behind the wheel in Monmouth County, it can have disastrous results for you and other people on the road. Drunk driving accidents can cause serious injuries and are often fatal. A new study has shed some light on which states have problems with arrests and traffic deaths resulting from drivers who are under the influence.
Drunk driving is a pervasive problem and New Jersey has adopted laws that not only punish those who get behind the wheel after drinking but also serve to deter others from doing so. While most areas of the country use 0.08 as the maximum percentage of blood alcohol content that is considered legal to operate a vehicle, one state is looking to lower that threshold as a means of reducing drunk driving deaths.