During the last few weeks of summer, it seems as if everyone is trying
to sneak in one last vacation—many of which are road trips. Whether
you are headed to the beach or the mountains it can be easy to drive a
little too fast on your way there or start the vacation early by having
a drink with your lunch. Law enforcement officials have been out in increased
numbers along Interstate 80 in New Jersey—and the ten other states
the freeway traverses—during the last week of July. Their goal:
to reduce the number of fatalities that typically accompany
traffic violations such as these.
The deadliest traffic violations that law patrol officers will be on the
lookout for are speeding, driving under the influence and drowsy driving.
They will also be citing drivers who are not wearing seat belts. Each
state in the multi-state traffic enforcement deployment, titled “More
Cops, More Stops,” will be responsible for paying for the extra
patrol hours along the I-80 corridor which runs from San Francisco to
New Jersey. As many as 350 fatal car crashes occurred on that stretch
of freeway during the two year period from 2009 to 2011.
Motorists are urged to buckle up, slow down and drive carefully to prevent
more fatalities. If you do get pulled over and receive a speeding ticket
or are cited for a DUI, don’t despair. Legal help is available for
those who receive tickets or are charged with other crimes in addition
to a traffic ticket. Consulting with a criminal defense lawyer can help
minimize the long term consequences.
“Interstate 80 challenge: "More cops, more stops" for summer drivers,” CBS News, July 25, 2013