Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
One motorist complained of pain after alleged hit-and-run accident, Madison police said.
A 33-year-old Hillsborough woman was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after she allegedly hit a moving vehicle near Rosedale Avenue and Brittin Street in Madison and fled the scene, police said. The driver of the struck vehicle complained of pain and was taken to a hospital for evaluation, Det. Kenneth Shannon said. The defendant, Danelle Porrovecchio, was located by Patrolman Carmine DeCaro after a search of the area, and was arrested by Sgt. John Miscia around 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Madison police news release. Police said Porrovecchio was arrested after alcohol allegedly was smelled on her breath and she performed field sobriety tests. Porrovecchio was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
One of two driving under the influence arrests reported by Madison police this week.
A 58-year-old Florham Park man was charged with DUI after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at Central Avenue and Elmer Street and police determined he allegedly was driving drunk, police said. Michael Kozlik was arrested at 6:35 p.m. Thursday by Patrolman Paul Papamarkos, who responded to investigate the accident, according to a Madison police news release. Kozlik was processed at police headquarters and released to a family member pending a court appearance, police said. Sgt. John Keymer assisted with the arrest, according to police. Failure to signal leads to DUI charge A 50-year-old Madison man was charged with DUI after he was pulled over on Elm Street for failure to signal and police determined he allegedly was driving …
Monday, June 18, 2012
A 29-year-old New Vernon man was charged with DUI and using a cell phone while driving, authorities said.
A driver involved in a three-car accident at Loantaka Way and Woodland Road was charged with allegedly driving drunk and using a cell phone while driving, police said. Michael Principe, 29, of New Vernon was arrested by Patrolman Vincent Dellavalle at 9:32 p.m. on June 7 and charged with DUI after Dellavalle responded to the scene of the accident and conducted an investigation, according to a Madison Police news release. Principe also was issued motor vehicle summonses for allegedly refusing to submit to a breath test, using a cell phone while driving and being an uninsured motorist, police said. Principe was processed at police headquarters and released to a family member pending a court appearance, according to police. Sgt. Dennis Lam …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Chatham woman allegedly struck vehicle in front of her on Sunday, police said.
A 34-year-old Chatham woman was charged with DUI on Sunday after she allegedly struck a car in front of her at Madison Avenue and Danforth Road, authorities said. Maria Bennani was arrested at 12:55 a.m. by Patrolman Paul Papamarkos, who responded to the accident, according to a Madison Police news release. Papamarkos determined Bennani was driving under the influence of alcohol following a field investigation, according to police. Bennani was processed at police headquarters and released to a friend pending a court appearance, police said. Police said no one was injured in the accident.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A 19-year-old Irvington woman originally was pulled over for not signaling, police said.
A 19-year-old Irvington woman who was pulled over on Kings Road around 2:20 a.m. Sunday for allegedly failing to signal was charged with DUI after Madison police determined she allegedly was driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Isarlene Perez-Melendez was arrested by Patrolman Chad Rybka, who intitially stopped her for failing to signal while turning, according to a Madison Police news release. She was processed at police headquarters and released to a friend, police said. Perez-Melendez also was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to signal while turning, according to police.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the Morristown Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Morristown Police say a drunk driver plowed through Belgian Block curbing, a traffic control sign and a steel decorative column before finally stopping in the bushes of a Franklin Street residence in Morristown. And then, police say, the driver tried to hide and lie his way out of getting in trouble. Police arrested and charged Michael Mathisen, 24, of Union Hill Road in Madison with driving under the influence, reckless driving and careless driving at 4:15 a.m. on April 13. According to the report filed by Morristown Officer Eric Petr, the vehicle, a green 1997 Subaru, had been driven off the road. Petr noted in his report having seen the same vehicle earlier in the evening, driven by a white male in a green T-shirt. That same white male…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Two drunk driving arrests reported by Madison police.
A 48-year-old Piscataway man was charged with drunk driving by a Madison police officer investigating a reported dispute between motorists, authorities said. Edward Forder was arrested by Patrolman Sean McCarthy at 8:33 p.m. last Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence, police said. McCarthy was called to Kings Road and Kensington Road for the reported dispute and, during his investigation, determined Forder allegedly was driving drunk, according to a Madison police news release. Forder was processed at police headquarters and released pending a court appearance, police said. He also was issued a motor vehicle summons for tailgating, according to police. On Campus Alexander Buethe, 21, of Milwaukee, Wis., was arrested at 1:15 …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Short Hills resident allegedly ran over curb at Drew University.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
A Short Hills man was charged with DUI and drug offenses after allegedly driving over a curb on the campus of Drew University early Sunday morning, according to Madison Police. Patrolman Sean McCarthy arrested Clifford Longley, 22, and charged him with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia after McCarthy was contacted by a Drew public safety officer who stopped Longley on campus after he allegedly drove over a curb. Longley was allegedly found to be in possession of of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during processing. After processing, he was released to a family member, pending a mandatory court appearance. Sgt. John Miscia assisted with the arrest. On Feb. 29 at approximately 11:23 a…
Monday, January 23, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the Madison Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.
A drunk-driving charge and stolen vehicle appear on this week's blotter from the Madison Police Department. Ptl. Chad Rybka on Jan. 22 at 11:30 p.m. arrested 50-year-old Michelle Rasp of Nutley and charged her with driving under the influence. Rybka initially stopped Rasp for crossing a double yellow line on Main Street near Green Village Road. He determined that she was allegedly operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Rasp was taken to headquarters for processing and released to a family member pending a mandatory court appearance. Rasp was also issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to maintain a lane. On Jan. 20 police received a report of a stolen car from the Buckingham Drive area. The four-day, gray 2012 Audi, …