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AUGUST 27, 2015 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015, 4:36 PM
BY MATTHEW SCHNEIDER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
Village police officers will be cracking down on drunk driving over the next two weeks.
The nationwide campaign, titled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” will run through Sept. 7. It is aimed at reducing the amount of drunk-driving accidents that typically occur during hectic travel times.
Ridgewood is enforcing the initiative by putting extra patrols on the road focused solely on catching those drinking and driving.
“When an officer is only looking for DWIs, they can concentrate on that. That’s why we see an increase in DWIs during the campaign,” said Sgt. John Chuck of the Ridgewood Police Department.
Chief John Ward said patrol units also park close to the train station and bars to encourage people to take alternate transportation home. He said that police sometimes even call cabs to transport people home safely.