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Manchester and Lakehurst Receive Grant Money for Drunken Driving Crackdown

State funds will go toward paying for police overtime and sobriety checkpoints

Officers from and police departments will ramp up drunken driving patrols beginning this weekend as part of the summer 2012 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety announced. 

Municipalities throughout the state, including eight from Ocean County, received $4,400 from the state to fund overtime patrols from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3, according to the division. During that time, police will set up sobriety checkpoints and patrol roadways for potentially drunk drivers.

"Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive," Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, said in a statement. "Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger."

Alcohol-impaired fatalities made up 20 percent of motor vehicle deaths in New Jersey in 2010, according to the the division. 

The nationwide program, which employs "high-visibility enforcement and public education tools," was launched in 1999 as a way to curb drunken driving during a busy travel time that includes Labor Day, according to the division. 

During last year's crackdown, a report detailing police activity during the Aug. 19 through Sept. 5 initiative showed that Lakehurst police issued seven driving while intoxicated charges and Manchester officers charged six with the offense. 

The following tips for staying safe while traveling are offered by law enforcement:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi 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 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.
Justin August 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Funny how they need grant money when they pull EVERYBODY over in that area. Most of the time for no reason at all, they try and intimidate people into allowing them to search vehicles with out probable cause. How are they getting away with this? They're obviously making enough money look at their battle / police station and brand new cars and equipment. They make plenty enough money confiscating drug dealers belongings that come in and out of Philadelphia. This is a farce.
i don't get it?? August 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
@Justin...the grant money goes towards the extra personnel during a regular shift...aka..."overtime", so your tax dollars aren't being used...secondly, are you riding along with these officers while they "intimidate" people into "allowing them to search vehicles with out(BTW its WITHOUT) probable cause"? And lastly, how are you aware of any "drug dealers belongings" that may or may not be coming from Philadelphia or any other place for that matter that could cover any of these costs...they can't pay them with Weed ...just sayin...
WhitingBoy August 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM
@i don’t get it??...I agree with everything you write, and do believe (as you seem to) that Justin is a knucklehead; but I have to make mention of one point. You tell Justin that the $$ is not coming from his taxes, when it most certainly is. It simply isn’t coming from his local taxes. We should not fall for Govt’s shell game of local $ vs. state $ vs. Fed $....just comes out of a different pocket of ours….
Bob Hockenfrocken August 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Stop being so ignorant Justin you're embarrassing yourself
Rocco August 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Justin + toiletpaper = "The perfect flush!"
i don't get it?? August 15, 2012 at 04:44 AM
@WhitingBoy...you are correct...thanks for finishing my thought...I was just frustrated yet again by sheer ignorance...I appreciate your corrections.
Oceancountycopblock August 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
The problem with dui checkpoints is police use them for more than the intended scope of the checkpoint and many 4th amendment violations occur. Never consent to a search of your car.

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