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.