Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said Monday that “The Sobriety Blitz” combines the efforts of state police and the divisions of Highway Traffic Safety and Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The measure could allow drivers convicted of a first DWI to avoid a license suspension by agreeing to install an ignition interlock device in their car. The device requires the driver to take and pass a Breathalyzer-like test before starting the car.
The goal of the initiative “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to prevent motorists from being injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug-impaired driver.
Bar and restaurant owners, along with local officials, urge people to choose a designated driver before heading out for the night or take a taxi home.
Starting Wednesday, there will be an additional 100 officers patrolling the roadways, authorities announced.
The lawsuit filed in Middlesex County against Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach says they should have known 26-year old Ashley Chieco of Wood-Ridge was drunk when they kept serving her in mid-August.
Holiday travelers weren’t the only ones hitting the road for Labor Day Weekend. Extra cops were out in force looking for speeders and drunk drivers.
“They had switched because the original passenger thought that the original driver was too drunk to drive,” Det. Sgt. Brian Metzler said
Motorists who lose their license for drunken driving may be issued a conditional license, limited to essential trips like work, school and medical appointments.
Jose Escobar, 30, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for crashing into a Brentwood 7-Eleven store last year. His 10-month-old daughter’s car seat was thrown from the car in the collision. Helen was on life support for less than a week before succumbing to her injuries.
Authorities said Tuesday that troopers also investigated 281 accidents including fatal crashes in West Hartford and North Stonington over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood-alcohol content to .05 as part of a series of recommendations aimed at reducing alcohol-related highway deaths.
Some Yankees fans were surprised to find four police DWI checkpoints set up in the vicinity of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Friday night, snarling traffic as fans tried to make their way home.
The New York state law requires convicted drunk drivers to blow into a device that measures the driver’s blood alcohol level before the car can be started.
According to police, Matthew Knee and a passenger were stuck inside the vehicle when Nassau County officers arrived at the scene on Saturday evening.