NJ State Police Reminds Residents to Celebrate Responsibly as New Jersey Reopens for Memorial Day for First Time Since 2019

May 27, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Time and time again, New Jersey residents have shown the world what it means to be Jersey Strong. New Jersey led the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanks to the tremendous self-discipline and sacrifice by our residents, their efforts have finally paid off, because for the first time since May of 2019, the state is open for Memorial Day.

This weekend will kick off the summer season as thousands of motorists will hit New Jersey’s roadways to head to our beaches, lakes, State Parks, or just across town to a friend’s cookout. It has been a long time since we have been able to visit friends and family during this important holiday, so we would like to remind residents and visitors to celebrate responsibly this weekend to prevent a tragedy as a result of driving or boating under the influence.

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, there were four fatal motor vehicle crashes that resulted in five deaths. Alcohol and drugs were a factor in three of those crashes, which claimed the lives of four people. These types of tragedies can easily be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation services such as Uber and Lyft, making plans to stay with friends or family, or having a designated driver.

The New Jersey State Police plan to increase traffic enforcement details across the state from 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 28 to 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1. During this period, in addition to our regularly scheduled patrols, more than 160 troopers will be on special details targeting aggressive driving, speeding, seatbelt usage, cell phone usage, distracted driving, and DWI.

Motorists are also reminded to adhere to the Move Over Law, which requires motorists who see emergency lights on the side of the road to slow down below the posted speed limit, and if safe to do so, move over a lane away from police, fire crews, paramedics, and emergency service vehicles.

In addition to our traffic details, the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau will be patrolling the state’s waterways this weekend and throughout the summer looking for signs of boaters under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless operation of boats and personal watercrafts. For additional information on boating safety and requirements please visit http://www.njsp.org/marine-services/index.shtml.

“As restrictions are being lifted across the state, we encourage residents and tourists to take advantage of the many great activities New Jersey has to offer, but to do so responsibly. Operating a motor vehicle or vessel under the influence puts lives in danger, which can turn a joyous occasion into a tragedy,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “On behalf of the New Jersey State Police, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday weekend.”