Police Send a Message:
Enjoy a Labor Day Bash Free From Any Crash
West Trenton, N.J. - Following the national kick off
of "You Drink & Drive, You Lose," Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent
of the New Jersey State Police is demanding compliance of
New Jersey traffic laws. State troopers will be out in force
this weekend with extra patrols to assist stranded motorists
and look for aggressive, drowsy or intoxicated drivers. Fuentes
tasked troopers to concentrate on the behaviors that most
often contribute to fatal accidents.
The "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" national crackdown
is a comprehensive prevention effort focused on conducting
highly visible law enforcement related efforts to deter impaired
"We will hold drivers accountable if they engage in reckless
roadway behavior," Colonel Fuentes said. The Superintendent
explained that these behaviors include speeding, driving aggressively,
distracted driving and, of course, driving while intoxicated.
Another important factor contributing to accidents is fatigue.
Many travelers try to squeeze every last minute out of the
long Labor Day weekend, and end up driving while exhausted.
To help eliminate fatigue, know your route of travel and make
"Enjoy the holiday with family and friends, but consider
the travel home in your planning. Its not a good trip unless
you arrive home safely," said Fuentes.
The Colonel urges motorists to avoid potential problems by
using designated drivers, getting enough sleep, leaving early
to beat peak travel times and by paying attention at all times.
Inattentive driving is perhaps the single most unreported
factor leading to motor vehicle crashes. Much attention has
been given to mobile phone usage, but other common distractions
include mobile handheld computers, map reading, sound system
adjustments, built-in video/game monitors and dealing with
children in the back seat.
The stepped-up enforcement will be in effect in all State
Police patrol areas, including the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden
State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway and all interstate
"The Labor Day Holiday weekend is meant for fun, not injuries
or fatalities from crashes," said Roberto Rodriguez, Director
of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "Remember
that police statewide will be out in force looking for drunk,
drugged, drowsy, and aggressive drivers. And always buckle
up, it's your best safeguard in the event of a crash."
The 2005 Labor Day Holiday officially begins at 12:01 a.m.
on Friday, September 3rd and continues through midnight, September
5th . During the 2004 Labor Day Holiday, 15 persons lost their
lives in 13 motor vehicle accidents along New Jersey roadways.
Superintendent Fuentes hopes that the public will do their
part to reduce traffic fatalities well below last year's level.
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