Monmouth County: Sheriff Shaun Golden is urging drivers to be alert and stay sober throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend. Along with backyard barbeques and holiday parties, there will be an increase of travelers on the roadways during the extended weekend. Law enforcement will remain vigilant to keep roadways safe and free of drunk drivers.
“We want everyone to make the most of the Labor Day weekend, which to many marks the end of the summer season. However, if you are going to drink, don’t drive, it’s as simple as that,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “Law enforcement will be out in full force and on the lookout for drunk drivers.”
In an effort to avoid presenting a danger to oneself or others, it’s important to follow these safety tips:
- Before going out, designate a driver who will not consume any alcohol the entire night.
- DO NOT DRIVE if you are impaired. Call a cab, an Uber, a sober friend or family member.
- If you don’t have a ride, stay where you are.
- If you see someone about to get behind the wheel or on a motorcycle after they have been drinking, take their keys and find them a ride with someone who is sober.
- Under no circumstances should adults provide alcohol to a minor or allow anyone under 21 to consume alcohol while at their home.
In New Jersey, an individual is considered over the legal limit if he/she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 624 fatalities in New Jersey in 2017, of them, 212 had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
“Obeying motor vehicle laws and educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving is the key to keeping our roadways safer,” said Sheriff Golden.
For a downloadable version of this press release, click here: News Release – Sheriff Golden Urges All To Have A Safe Holiday Weekend And Not Drink And Drive