Sheriff’s Office Joins Forces in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign
SOMERVILLE – The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging sober driving in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road during the upcoming holiday season.
“With great support coming from the Safe Communities Coalition and EmPoWER Somerset, plus local eating and drinking establishments and car dealerships, we are hopeful the message will be taken to heart,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.
In anticipation of increased car travel during the holidays, Sheriff Provenzano is stressing the importance of safe and sober driving. “I want to remind drivers that law enforcement will be out in full force to thwart impaired-driving crashes,” he said.
Somerset County Sheriff’s officers will be cracking down on impaired drivers as part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, starting Nov. 22 through the New Year’s Day holiday. The Sheriff’s Office, along with local and state law enforcement officers, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired.
Sheriff Provenzano has gained the support of community businesses to promote the “John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which is aimed at encouraging safe and sober driving.
As part of the campaign, restaurants Willie McBride’s in Branchburg and Big Heads Pub in Hillsborough, as well as car dealerships Bridgewater Lexus, Bridgewater BMW, Open Road Volkswagen and Open Road Mercedes Auto Group, will be handing out HERO Campaign brochures and magnets.
Bill and Muriel Elliott started the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers in memory of their son, U.S. Navy Ensign John R. Elliott, who was killed in a collision with a drunk driver in July 2000. While at the U.S. Naval Academy, Ensign Elliott was selected as a Human Education Resource Officer (HERO) to counsel and mentor other members of his company and was named “the outstanding HERO” of his graduating class. He was killed two months after graduating from the academy.
“Impaired driving is completely preventable,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “All it takes is a little planning. We want the public to remember that it’s a choice. Drink responsibly or drive sober – these are good choices. We want to keep people from making a poor choice that harms others and themselves.”
For more information about the HERO Campaign, go to www.herocampaign.org or contact Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9, or Fazio@co.somerset.nj.us or Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231-7168.