Alcohol-Related Fatalities Have Been On The Rise In N.J.

CRANBURY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — State police in New Jersey have been taking steps to make sure all the fun in the sun this summer will not turn into trouble on the roads.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, the number of alcohol-related fatal crashes in New Jersey has increased in recent years.

“In 2012, our statistics show that alcohol was consumed to some extent in 31 1/2 percent of all fatalities,” said state police Capt. Eric Heitman.

With that in mind, police will be increasing safety and cracking down.

“We’re going to have extra patrols out there, conducting sobriety checkpoints and deploying drunk driver mobile patrols,” Heitman said.

There will also be a crackdown at 150 bars and restaurants up and down the Jersey Shore, Heitman said.

At the bars and restaurants, designated drivers will be served free drinks – of the non-alcoholic variety, of course.

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