Drunk Driving Curbed with Checkpoints in Wayne

Police will be actively looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

Residents will need to be extra cautious when driving this holiday season. The police department is cracking down on drunk drivers by participating in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.

The campaign will begin Friday and go through Jan. 2.

During that time, the department, along other local and state law enforcement agencies, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and send extra patrol personnel to important areas to look for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

According to the department, drunk and impaired drivers kill nearly 18,000 people annually in the United States. In 2009, more than 4,200 people between 21 and 34 were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.

The department offers residents the following advise when driving this holida season:

  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement officials by dialing #77 from a cell phone.
  • Designate a driver, someone who will not drink so they are sober to drive, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Buckle safety belts.

For more information on combating drunk driving or to report an incident call the department at 973-694-0600.

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stewart resmer December 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM
'We oppose the use of roadblocks, period. The only justification for stopping citizens under a roadblock scenario is to warn them of an unseen peril that could cause injury or death to an unsuspecting motorist. Roadblocks, as used in the US, are designed and intended to use fear, intimidation, and inconvenience to expedite a government edict or a political agenda. They have a net zero influence on public safety. But, even if there were a "safety benefit" related to roadblocks, it would not outweigh the negative totalitarian nature of this practice. Currently, roadblocks are being used to circumvent the need for probable cause to stop, interrogate, and search the occupants of motor vehicles. The pretense might be a seatbelt check, registration or drivers license verification, proof of insurance, or a "safety" inspection. The short sighted court system has readily approved the practice of using a trumped up pretence to stop a vehicle to provide new opportunities to look for other violations of the law. Given that it is virtually impossible to do anything in America without violating one or more laws, especially while driving, roadblocks give the police the opportunity to abuse any individual or group they chose to target.' Dive into these pages for more information: The Roadblock Registry Find out where roadblocks are located across the United States and Canada. http://www.roadblock.org/
bfree December 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This is a total misapplication of manpower during a busy season. The very few violations that are "trapped" rarely include more DUI's than would have been arrested during the same period of normal routine patrol activities and divert the moving patrols from other preventative and helping functions. It's just fluff for the public consumption.
Scondo December 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Nicely done Stweart. You are starting to sound Libertarian.
stewart resmer December 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
its not my web site, it was a public service announcement on my part, while I approve of getting drunk drivers off the road, I am not comfortable with road blocks. Shpw me your papers, is that a cell phone in your lap, where are you coming from, where are you going how long ago did you leave there, you know who I am, I am a police officer mind if I search you and your car for my safety? Couldnt we just compell drivers to blow alcohol tests at red light cameras instead? lol
Timber December 06, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Well stated. It is my understanding that the Dui scheme is implemented upon the primary premise and purpose of 'public education and deterrence' and any resulting apprehension of violators of the law is ancillary to the supposed primary purpose. This, I believe, is part of the ruse to foment a workaround for the probable cause requirement. But keep in mind that such checkpoints are voluntary in nature, meaning they require your consent in answering those pesky investigatory questions presented by those officers at the front-line of this ploy.


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