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Checkpoints for Drunk, Drugged Drivers Planned This Weekend in Ocean County

Drug recognition experts, K9s will also be at checkpoints, authorities say

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Ocean County law enforcement still step up its efforts to combat drunk and drugged driving over Memorial Day weekend, authorities announced Thursday.

Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the continuation of the office's annual countywide DWI checkpoint program, which this year will be expanded to include extra officers to specifically detect and target those who are driving under the influence of drugs.

"The tremendous added volume of summer shore traffic calls for increased vigilance by law enforcement, and that will be the focus over the coming months to keep motorists safe," Coronato said in a statement released Thursday morning.

While inattentive and aggressive drivers are always targets of regular patrols, Coronato said, the DWI checkpoints will specifically go after those who are driving impaired by a substance.

The program targets those under the influence of alcohol, but in response to Ocean County’s ongoing drug crisis, will also utilize the addition of two Drug Recognition Experts at each check point to detect those under the influence of narcotics, the statement said.

The county also oversees a county-wide call out system for drug experts to respond and assist agencies in conducting evaluations of people suspected to be operating a motor vehicle under the influence of narcotics, the prosecutor said.

According to accident statistics provided by the prosecutor's office, impaired drivers were responsible for about a third of Ocean County's fatal accidents last year. In 2013 there were 51 fatal accidents in the county, the second-highest of any New Jersey county.

The checkpoint program is funded in part by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Coronato said. Local officers will conduct the checkpoints in conjunction with detectives from the prosecutor's office and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department K9 unit.
Brandy the Dog May 23, 2014 at 03:58 PM
You may find this hard to believe @RY, but mr Yappy used to be even worse.
Rick Ricky May 28, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Forget the checkpoints. All you need to do is put a few police cars side by side and triple them up by the popular bars in town. As they are leaving drunk@ 2 in the morning by getting in their cars to drive pull them over. That should do it. Getting the real problems off the road. Those who are really drunk.
Mac May 28, 2014 at 02:02 PM
interesting idea Rick Ricky but it will never happen - who would run NJ or any of it's communities if there wasn't enough elected officials available to form a quorum during the 12-hour John's law waiting period?

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