With the holiday party season upon us, it’s a good time to dust off this Today Show video shot four years ago at Raven and The Peach in Fair Haven.
If you’re reading this, there is really no excuse for drinking and driving. Open your Uber or Lyft app. AngelLift will get you AND your car home.
If watching your favorite blogger make an ass of himself on national TV was not enough of a warning for you, Sheriff Shaun Golden warns that fourteen Monmouth County law enforcement agencies are participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Program funded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but, law enforcement will be on the lookout. If you are going to drink, don’t drive,” said Sheriff Golden. “Sobriety checks will be set up throughout Monmouth County and motorists will be stopped in an effort to maintain the utmost of safety.”
So far this year there have bee 572 traffic fatalities in New Jersey. 20% were alcohol related, according to Golden.
The sheriff recommends the following:
- 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, a sober friend or family member.
- If you don’t have a ride, stay where you are. If you live nearby, do not attempt to walk or ride a bicycle home.
- 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.
- Always buckle up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- Under no circumstances should adults provide alcohol to a minor or allow anyone under 21 to consume alcohol while at their home.
“Any fatality or crash on our roads is one too many,” said Sheriff Golden. “Enforcing the law and educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving raises awareness and helps keep our roadways safer.”