NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE FOCUS
ON HIGHWAY SAFETY &
DRUNK DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Troopers Remain On Heightened Alert; Patrol Assignments Adjusted
W. Trenton - Colonel
Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police
and Peter J. O'Hagan, Director, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic
Safety, today issued a holiday safety reminder that state troopers
and municipal police officers will be working around the clock to
improve highway safety and to decrease traffic fatalities throughout
the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday.
Col. Dunbar noted that
in the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, the State Police remain
on heightened alert status, providing additional security and related
law enforcement responsibilities at area airports, bridges and river
crossings, nuclear facilities and related infrastructure locations
throughout New Jersey. In addition to the added security-related
responsibilities, State Police patrol schedules have been adjusted
in order to provide increased uniformed patrols on all toll roads,
interstate highways and secondary roadways - the increased highway
safety effort is part of the annual holiday program geared to increase
the number and visibility of State Police patrols aiding travelers
driving in and around the state.
Throughout the 2001 Thanksgiving
holiday period, state troopers will conduct high visibility traffic
patrols using mobile radar and other specialized speed enforcement
technology. Troopers will also be moving around the state via mobile
patrols in an all-out effort to identify drunk and drinking drivers.
To maximize the efforts, State Police, in conjunction with municipal
police departments, will set-up sobriety checkpoints in targeted
areas, high traffic areas.
As state troopers undertake
increased patrol-related responsibilities, Dunbar reminded motorists
that along with issuing common sense safety tips, troopers will
also be issuing summonses for violations of New Jersey's motor vehicle
laws and regulations, including speeding, drunk driving, aggressive
and careless driving and seat belt violations.
The 2001 Thanksgiving
holiday officially begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 21 and continues
through midnight, Sun., Nov. 25. During the 2000 Thanksgiving holiday,
17 persons lost their lives on New Jersey roadways. So far this
year, 605 people have died in traffic-related accidents (Jan. 1
through Nov. 18, 2001) - a 5.9 percent decrease in traffic fatalities
over the same period last year (643 fatalities).
The New Jersey State Police
encourage all residents and visitors to safely enjoy the holiday
season by buckling-up, securing children safely in approved child
restraint seats, driving safely and obeying the rules of the road.
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