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Fort Lee Police Awarded Grant to Combat Drunk Driving

State program will fund checkpoints, patrols

Fort Lee police will receive a $4,400 grant to crack down on drunk driving through the holiday season, state officials announced Wednesday.


Borough police will use the money to fund sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign starting Friday and lasting through Jan. 2, according to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety.


“During the holiday season, law enforcement officials always see a jump in the number of drunk and impaired drivers,” Gary Poedubicky, the agency’s acting director, said in a statement. “Police will be targeting those drivers and once again this effort will send the message that if you chose to drink and drive, you will be arrested every time, no exception.”


Grants were awarded to 144 police departments statewide and 13 in Bergen County, according to state officials. Last year, 95 agencies received the grants.


Last year, 158 of the state’s 589 crash deaths were directly linked to impaired driving, officials said. The crackdown last year netted more than 1,500 driving while intoxicated arrests.


victor December 05, 2013 at 07:10 AM
and how much money was made from last years 1,500 arrests for dwi??.as everyone i am against drunk driving and for the most part support the police since they have a very tough job.but i do not agree with funding for something like this,i do not believe the police force was intended to be a money making organization.this is for safety just like the tax on cigarettes is for trying to make you stop.it's a hoax just to make money for the government,,like they dont get enough in taxes,and permits.i'm waiting for the day when i have to either get a permit to take a leak.or the government have installed in my bathroom a lock that i have to pass my credit card thru to get into my own bathroom.

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