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DANGEROUS, AGGRESSIVE & DRUNK DRIVERS FOCUS OF EASTER HOLIDAY HIGHWAY SAFETY EFFORT
State Police and Highway Safety Officials Gear Up To Reduce Fatal Accidents & Increase Highway Safety During Easter Holiday
W. Trenton - Colonel Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Colonel Peter J. O'Hagan, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, today announced that state troopers and New Jersey traffic and highway safety officers will increase patrol, enforcement and traffic safety activities throughout the upcoming 96-hour Easter holiday period.
Col. Dunbar said that during the 2001 Easter holiday, state troopers will focus considerable effort toward removing the aggressive, inattentive, speeding, fatigued and drunk driver from the highway. Additionally, State Police will adjust work hours to allow for increased numbers of troopers for patrol and traffic-related assignments.
Director O'Hagan noted that as the Spring weather arrives, the Easter holiday becomes a time of increased travel. The goal of New Jersey's highway traffic safety effort is to improve public safety on the highways by reducing the incidence of impaired driving, increasing the use of occupant restraints and active enforcement against the aggressive and dangerous driver, he said.
With the 2001 Easter holiday getting underway at 12:01 a.m. on Thurs., April 12 and ending at 12:00 midnight on Sun. April 15, increased numbers of state troopers and local police officers will be on duty ‘around-the-clock' enforcing New Jersey's legal speed limit, cracking down on drunk drivers, targeting aggressive and dangerous drivers, providing safety reminders and generally working to keep traffic moving trouble-free.
According to Dunbar, additional state troopers have been assigned to drunk driving patrols and to high visibility tactical patrol units which will monitor motorists' driving by using radar and laser speed enforcement technology. Additional troopers have also been assigned to specialized truck inspection programs geared to limit oversize tractor-trailers from traveling on secondary roadways. Traffic safety reminders and speed warnings will be posted on overhead and roadside message boards along the busier interstate highways, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.
Highway Safety Director O'Hagan noted that numerous programs sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will focus on the most frequent causes of holiday highway fatalities - driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, excessive speed, aggressive driving and failure to wear occupant restraints.
During the 2000 Easter holiday period, 7 persons lost their lives on New Jersey roadways. From Jan. 1 through April 8, 165 people have died throughout the state as a result of fatal accidents - a 1.2 percent decline from the 167 deaths recorded during the same period last year.