November 25, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 5 Ramsey Law enforcement officials from Ramsey will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” statewide campaign. Beginning Dec. 7 and running through Jan. 3, 2010, 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, this 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 DWI crackdown is part of statewide campaign save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent,” said Pam Fischer, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “This initiative brings attention to not only the serious fines and penalties drunk drivers can face, but the grave danger these motorists pose to all individuals on the road.” Impaired drivers kill nearly 18,000 people on our nation’s roadways each year. In 2008, 152 people were killed because of alcohol-related crashes in New Jersey. That number represents 26 percent of the 590 traffic fatalities reported in the state. Law enforcement agencies participating in the Over the Limit, Under Arrest 2009 Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice: If you plan to drink, designate a driver before going out; someone who will not drink and will be sober to drive. 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. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 on their cell phones to report a drunk driver. Always buckle-up; it’s your best defense against an impaired driver. Arrest (continued from page 4) additional summons after he refused to provide a breath sample for the Alcotest. On Nov. 8 at 9:05 p.m., Patrolman Mike Parise was conducting radar on Route 17 North. During an attempt to stop a speeding vehicle, he observed the vehicle attempt to elude him. The vehicle was located off the highway and, at the conclusion of the investigation, a 21-year-old Paterson man was arrested. On Nov. 9 at 6:55 p.m., Ramsey police officers were detailed to an Interstate Shopping Center business after a shoplifter was detained. At the conclusion of the investigation, a 63-year-old Mahwah woman was arrested for shoplifting. ������������ ������������ ���� ���� ���� ���� �� ����������������������� �������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������������� �������������� ������������������������ ������� ������������������������� �������������������������������� ���������������� ���������������������������� ������������ ������������������������������ ������������������������� ���������� �������������������������������� �������������� 9-2-09 joan/janine BestBikes2x(9-2-09) 2 x 2.5” Correction FOR 11-11-09 FROM ALLISON ��������������� ������ ���������� �������� ������������ ������������ �������� ������������� ������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������� ������������ ������������������������������������������������ �������������� ���������������������� ® ��������������� ����������������� ���������������������