Intoxicated Drivers Warned about New Jersey’s Plans for Holiday DWI Crackdown

In-state and out-of-state drunken drivers take note, the State of New Jersey will have an increased police presence on public roads throughout the Garden State as the holidays approach. According to news articles, local and state law enforcement departments in Bergen, Passaic and Ocean County, as well as the rest of the state, will be on the lookout for drivers operating their vehicles while intoxicated.

As New Jersey drunk driving defense attorneys, I and my legal staff represent individuals accused of DWI, prescription drug DUI and breath test refusal on a daily basis. We even council drivers charged with cocaine, and other controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession. This latest enforcement program, aptly named “Over the Limit, Under Arrest,” will bring additional officers to bear on the motoring public during the upcoming holidays.

Aiming to reduce the amount of drunk drivers on the road, the campaign calls for saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints (also known as DWI roadblocks) from December 13 through January 2, 2011, according to officials at New Jersey’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The program reportedly will provide federal grant money of up to $5,000 to each of 115 police departments.

The goal is simple. According to news article, it is hoped that the campaign will ensure that drivers and passengers alike have a safe holiday by catching and arresting intoxicated motorists. These so-called concentrated efforts are designed to heighten awareness about the dangers of DWIs and DUIs, the consequences of which can have huge penalties for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medication or illegal drugs.

Police departments all around New Jersey are the first to say that the frequency of drunk driving increases as the Christmas and New Year holidays approach, which usually coincides with the increased incidence of DWI-related traffic accidents. As a result of the enhanced patrols, New Jersey motorists can expect to see more drunken driving arrests now until the New Year.

New Jersey plans holiday crackdown on drunken driving, www.Philly.com, December 11, 2010