Summer is just around the corner and law enforcement, including the Toms River, Brick, and Jackson police, are making plans to deal with the increase in the number of drunk drivers they see each year. According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the increase efforts to remove drunk drivers from the Ocean County roads has taken the county from the number two spot for drunk driving fatalities to the number five spot. Drunk driving can result in serious consequences for not only the drunk driver but also other drivers and pedestrians who share the road.
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Ocean County faces a significant increase in traffic over the summer months because of its many Jersey Shore destinations like Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights and Long Beach Island. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato stated, “The tremendous added volume of summer shore traffic and all our area High Schools hosting Senior Proms calls for increased vigilance by law enforcement, and that will be the focus over the coming months to keep motorists safe. We ask that drivers do their part by driving responsibly and making smart choices behind the wheel every day of the year.” Prosecutor Coronato wants visitors and prom-goers to enjoy the Jersey Shore, but he also wants them to remain safe while doing so.
Check Points Throughout Ocean County
Local police from Lakewood to Beach Haven will coordinate efforts in order to man multiple check points throughout Ocean County. These check points may involve random stops, questioning and possible field sobriety tests for those who may be intoxicated. Alcohol is not the only concern since the use of narcotics has been on the rise in the state. Because of the dangers associated with driving under the influence, whether it is alcohol or drugs, law enforcement will be looking out for drivers who could possibly be impaired by either substance.
Drug Recognition Experts
The police will not only be looking for those who are impaired by alcohol but will also be on the look out for those who may be impaired due to drugs. Each check point will host a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). These DREs have been trained to recognize certain signs that someone who is under the influence of drugs may display. The DREs will be monitoring behavior and physiological changes to determine if the drivers or passengers display any signs of being under the influence of narcotics.
Contact a DWI Defense Attorney In Ocean County
If you have been charged with DWI after being stopped at a check point in Ocean County, it time to contact the criminal defense attorneys at Villani & DeLuca. Call 732-440-9970 today for a free consultation.