FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2019
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West Trenton, N.J. - Memorial Day is traditionally the kick-off to the summer driving season, which means there will be more cars on the road this weekend. Whether you will be traveling to the Jersey shore or down the street for a barbecue with family and friends, motorists will need to be cautious in order to avoid tragedies.
During the 2018 Memorial Day holiday period, five out of the six fatal crashes in New Jersey involved impairment from alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. If you plan on drinking alcohol this weekend, don’t make a bad decision by getting behind the wheel. Tragedies can be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation applications such as Uber and Lyft, having a designated driver, or making plans to stay where you are.
In addition to regularly scheduled patrols, the New Jersey State Police will have more than 140 additional troopers on patrol statewide. Troopers will focus on violations such as speeding, aggressive driving, improper cell phone use, seatbelt usage, fatigued driving, and DWI.
The State Police Marine Bureau will also be patrolling the state’s waterways this weekend and throughout the summer looking for signs of boaters under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and reckless operation of boats and personal watercraft.
Marine troopers will also be checking to see that boat operators have obtained the proper licenses to operate watercraft. A good synopsis of boating requirements can be found on the State Police website at www.njsp.org under boating safety.
"We want everyone to have a fun and relaxing holiday, but we remind everyone of the importance of practicing good driving and boating behaviors to not only ensure their own safety and the safety of their passengers, but also those sharing the roads and waterways," said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. "There will be no better way to kick off the 2019 summer than by having a fatality free holiday weekend.”
The 2019 Memorial Day holiday officially begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at 5:59 a.m., on Tuesday, May 28.
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