A new initiative seeks to raise awareness about drunk driving this week. From August 21 to September 7, New Jersey drivers in some areas will go through sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols. This is part of the national campaign to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The goal is to reinforce the message that drinking and driving is highly dangerous and those convicted will receive harsh punishment.
According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 27 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in 2013 involved alcohol impairment. Drunk driving causes roughly 10,000 deaths nationwide each year. Crashes involving drunk drivers cause approximately $50 billion in costs every year. The problem has persisted despite years of effort to spread the message of just how deadly drinking and driving can be.