The organization New Jersey Remembers recently held a dinner to commemorate those killed by drunk drivers and to honor the law enforcement officials responsible for enforcing laws against drunk driving in Trenton. At the ceremony, family members of alcohol-related accident victims testified about the lives of those lost and how the accident had impacted them. Police officers related how the death of a partner due to drunk driving gave them an insight that they never had before into how the accident impacts a person. Speakers also related that the penalties were now more severe than they were at the time of the accident, and how this serves as a deterrent to drunk driving. The speakers also related how organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) advocate for the victims and their families and work to spread awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. The ceremony itself was held to honor the police officers with the most DWI arrests by the Attorney General's Office.
Recently, a former police officer from Plainfield, New Jersey filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence for drunken driving, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. The convictions stemmed from a July 2011 car crash that killed two motorcyclists in Bangor, Pennsylvania. The automobile accident occurred when the retired officer's truck careened into a group of bikers. Two of the bikers were killed almost instantly at the scene, while four of them managed to swerve and avoid the truck.
A 30-year old man from Howell, New Jersey recently pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter in a case where he crashed into a marked police vehicle while intoxicated, killing a police officer. The car accident occurred in October of 2011, when the man lost control of his vehicle while driving intoxicated along the I-80 highway. The officer inside the car died of injuries sustained from the accident.
Police in New Jersey are ramping up a holiday crackdown on drunk driving. The assault on drunk driving is part of the "Get Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign, which is an attempt to prevent alcohol-related accidents by increasing police enforcement of drunk driving laws. The state of New Jersey plans to have officers conduct more saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in order to detect alcohol-impaired drivers. The campaign began in New Jersey and elsewhere in the nation on December 7, and it also attempts to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated through promotional materials. The campaign, in existence since 1999, has worked to reduce the number of DUI accidents during one of the busiest traveling seasons in the year.