SOMERVILLE – Police in Somerset and Hunterdon counties will crack down on drunk drivers during the holiday season as part of the annual statewide Drive Sober or Get Stopped campaign.

Through the New Year, local, county and state law enforcement officers will conduct patrols and checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Somerset County Prosecutor John McDonald said.

“Over the past five years, there have been more than 33,000 alcohol-related crashes in New Jersey, resulting in 662 deaths,” the prosecutor said. increase the risk of driving in a dangerous condition.”

Last year, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. In 2020, 11,654 people died in accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol.

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