Police agencies from around New Jersey are gearing up for the state’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown. The 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide Labor Day Crackdown is underway now until Sept. 4. During the campaign, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols targeting motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
“Being among the densest municipalities in the state and the nation, we have a responsibility to ensure that motorists and pedestrians who live or are visiting the municipality remain safe,” said Mayor Felix Roque. “The West New York Police Department does an excellent job year-round to ensure that residents are safe.”
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by educational activities, including radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign’s purpose is to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.
“Despite years of enforcement and public awareness efforts, too many people still make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel while impaired. Nearly 30 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “This is a zero-tolerance campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested.”
As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local police agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign. During last year’s crackdown, participating agencies made 1,649 DWI arrests.
The West New York Police Department offers the following advice:
If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out. Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home or spend the night where the activity is held. Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver. If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.
West New York Museum is seeking historical memorabilia
In anticipation of the 120th anniversary of West New York on July 8, 2018, Mayor Felix Roque and the Board of Commissioners are asking current and former residents of West New York to help the town preserve its rich history by donating vintage photographs, paintings, postcards, news clippings, memorabilia, journals, diaries, videos, musical or spoken recordings to the West New York Museum.
On July 8, 1898, the Township of Union officially became the Town of West New York.
Most sought after are objects associated with West New York industries or commerce, especially the embroidery industry and other memorabilia reminiscent of commercial districts like Bergenline Avenue and Park Avenue, items of and relating to West New York Military Veterans. Memorial High School Yearbooks and graduation programs are also welcome.
“This is an exciting time to be a West New York Resident,” mentioned Mayor Roque. “Our town’s rich history has helped West New York become the exciting town it is today. We want to ensure that we preserve that.”
Donations of these items will be accepted by the West New York Museum on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. and by appointment.
The West New York Museum is located on the second floor of the West New York Free Public Library, 425 60th St. For more information contact Town Historian Patrick Cullen at (201) 295-5137 or via email at email@example.com.