Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be conducted locally as Part of Statewide Campaign
Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officials from Fairfield will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 7, 2012 and running through January 2, 2013, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.
“This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Chief Charles Voelker. “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them.”
Last year in New Jersey, 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. That number represents 24 percent of the 627 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2011.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Year End Crackdown offer the following advice:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. InNew Jersey, drivers may dial #77 on their cell phones to report a drunk driver.
- Always buckle-up, every ride. 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 or escort you to your doorstep.
Motorists are also asked to subscribe to the pledge of the Ensign John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers: Drive sober, be a designated driver and don’t let friends drive drunk. Under the effort, local businesses and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and schools work together to keep drunk drivers off the road. Started inNew Jerseyby the Elliot family following the tragic death of their son, John, in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, the campaign has become a national model for preventing drunk driving.
Target Provides $1500 Grant to Aid Fairfield Police
Fairfield (NJ) At the November 26, 2012 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, representatives from the Target store in Fairfield graciously presented the Fairfield Police Department with a check for $1500 as part of Target’s ongoing commitment to building a stronger community through their Public Safety Grant Program (PSGP). Since 1946, Target has given 5% of their income - more than $3 million every week - to the communities where they do business. The PSGP program provides funding to law enforcement and emergency management organizations to support their efforts to build strong, healthy and safe communities.
“The grant money that Target provided will be used to assist us in expanding on the community-wide alert system that we put in place this year to help keep citizens better informed with up-to-the minute notifications on their cell phones and e-mail accounts of incidents that might affect them” said Chief Charles Voelker. “Target remains a great supporter of the Fairfield Police Department and our community at large” said the chief.
Individuals wishing to join the Fairfield Police Department’s Community Notification System can go to the Fairfield Police Department’s website at www.fairfieldpolicenj.org
TARGET REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER AND MAYOR JAMES GASPARINI WITH A $1500 CHECK (Pictured from left to right are Store Team Leader Kelvin Bernadine, Chief Voelker, Mayor Gasparini, and Team Leader of Asset Protection Alan Barsamian)
Fairfield’s Finest Tops Plane Pull Fundraising Efforts for NJ Special Olympics
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department’s Special Olympics Plane Pull team, known as “Fairfield’s Finest” recently raised $7, 375 to benefit New Jersey Special Olympics. The donation was presented at the organization’s annual plane pull that took place on Saturday September 29, 2012 at Newark Liberty Airport. The donation was the largest received from any of the teams that participated in this year’s competition. To date, over the last eleven years, Fairfield’s Finest has contributed over $58,000 to this worthwhile cause.
This year, the Fairfield team was not only made up of Fairfield police officers but also a Fairfield Department of Public works employee and his children, an Essex County inspector, local business owners, police department family members and private citizens. Team captain, Detective Robert Sanger stated, “The diversity of our team members shows just how important the mission of Special Olympics has become in Fairfield”
2012 FAIRFIELD'S FINEST PLANE PULL TEAM PRIOR TO PULLING A 737 UNITED AIRPLANE
THE TEAM LINES UP AND IS ALMOST READY TO BEGIN
SELECT MEMBERS OF "FAIRFIELD'S FINEST" ATTEMPT TO PULL THE PLANE WITH THE LOWEST COMBINED WEIGHT
FAIRFIELD'S FINEST POSES WITH TROPHY SIGNIFYING THEM AS THE 2012 LEAD FUNDRAISING TEAM (Pictured at far right is Sue Parsons of N.J. Special Olympics who presented the team with the trophy)
Leaking Propane Cylinder Closes Route 46
Fairfield (NJ) At approximately 9:48 A.M. the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and advised of a leaking propane cylinder at the Fairfield Garden Center, located at 445 Route 46 West. The cylinder that was leaking was above ground and is commonly used to fill household propane tanks for gas grills. The Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to the location. It was decided that, for precautionary purposes, Route 46 in both directions would be closed and traffic diverted onto Fairfield Road, avoiding the affected area. In addition, portions of the Crown Plaza strip mall, the Huffman Koos furniture store and the Goodwill store were evacuated.
The Fairfield Fire Department was able to shut off the main to the cylinder, rendering it safe. Route 46 was reopened and surrounding buildings repopulated by approximately 10:42 A.M.