Breaking DWI News: Monmouth County, NJ, Sobriety Checkpoint

A new sobriety roadblock will be set up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, beginning tonight (11pm on July 31) and remaining in effect until 3am on Saturday, August 1, 2009, in an attempt to catch drunk drivers in the Allenhurst, NJ, area. According to the Monmouth Co. DWI Task Force, which will be working in concert with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the sobriety checkpoint will be screening drivers to detect those individuals operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or illicit or prescription drugs.

This latest drunk driving roadblock will be located along the northbound lanes of Main Street near Elberon Avenue, where drivers will be routed to determine their level of inebriation, if any. During the DWI stops, the task force members and officers from the Allenhurst Police Department will use standardized field sobriety testing as established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the state of New Jersey, sobriety checkpoints are typically employed by local police and other law enforcement agencies to help decrease the occurrence of alcohol-related auto accidents and fatalities across the state’s rural and urban roads, as well as on the highways and other high-traffic roadways.

To be fair to the driving public, as well as follow the letter of the law, the state, county and municipal law enforcement entities establish these occasional checkpoints using certain criteria. The law requires that the location of each checkpoint be chosen based on statistical data that shows it has a high preponderance of people operating vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Once a person is determined to be most likely intoxicated, via field sobriety testing, the driver may be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test to determine the exact level of alcohol in his or her blood — blood alcohol content (BAC). As New Jersey DWI Attorneys, we advise anyone who has been issued a summons for DWI, drug DUI or refusal to take a breath test to retain the services of a skilled legal professional.

Every one of our lawyers is fully trained and qualified in the operation of the Alcotest breath test device, as well as having an in-depth knowledge of standardized field sobriety testing. Very few New Jersey DWI law firms can make this claim. This is why, time and again, clients choose our firm to represent them in a court of law.

DWI task force in Allenhurst this weekend, APP.com, July 31, 2009