NEW JERSEY – Everyone is eager to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome the New Year on a positive note, so is the New Jersey State Police, which is why they are aiming for zero traffic fatalities for this New Year holiday period. However, they remind everyone to do their part and make responsible decisions as we enter 2022.
During the holiday period last year, there were seven fatal crashes in New Jersey. Four of those seven fatal crashes were alcohol and/or drug related. Police are asking everyone to help bring that fatal number back down to zero for the New Year.
If you plan on drinking alcohol during the holiday, don’t make a bad decision by getting behind the wheel. Tragedies can be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation applications such as Uber and Lyft, having a designated driver, or making plans to stay where you are, state police said.
In addition to regularly scheduled patrols, the New Jersey State Police will have an additional 70 troopers on traffic duty statewide for the holiday. Troopers will focus on violations such as speeding, aggressive driving, improper cell phone use, seatbelt usage, fatigued driving, and DWI, state police said.
“The people of New Jersey rely on us to maintain safe roadways, but we are not able to do it alone. We need our communities to step up and keep friends, family and neighbors safe by not allowing anyone to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We will strive to enter the New Year with zero traffic fatalities, so we will have additional troopers on patrol to help make that goal a reality. We only ask that our residents to do their part too, you could be saving a life. On behalf of the New Jersey State Police, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year.”
The New Year holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31, and ends at 5:59 a.m. on Monday, January 3.