Drunken driving enforcement is nothing new to motorists in New Jersey. With economic woes still reverberating across the country, the Garden State has seen its share of turmoil. It’s no doubt that many people choose to ease the pain with a drink or two at the local bar or friendly neighborhood gatherings. The trouble comes when an individual who may have had a bit too much to drink hits the road.
As a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer, I make it my job to assist drivers who have been accused of driving while intoxicated. As a Bergen County drunken driving attorney, I know that certain times of the year can make it especially common for drivers to be pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to news reports, Wyckoff Township has announced an increase in traffic safety patrols, which are sure to the net the municipality more than a few DWI and drug DUI arrests. Based on reports, the township’s police department will be running “stepped up” traffic enforcement patrols through October 10. This surge in police presence is part of a national “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” campaign going on in towns and cities all around the U.S. Sobriety checkpoints and roadblocks could be part of this effort.
Police Chief Benjamin Fox recently announced his department’s participation in the campaign through the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. This heightened enforcement, the authorities have stated, is intended to make motorists slow down and obey traffic laws. This goal of increased safety compliance is expected to help reduce the number of traffic accidents.
According to reports, the township and other participating municipalities all across the U.S. will report their crash statistics. The effort is expected to reduce fatalities as well, which last year totaled a reported 585 persons killed in traffic accidents, some most likely related to drinking and driving or drug DUI.
Wyckoff police participate in traffic enforcement campaign to save lives, NorthJersey.com, September 23, 2010