Jersey City Police Plan Thanksgiving Drunk Driving Checkpoint

Jersey City Police Plan Thanksgiving Drunk Driving Checkpoint
Police Patrols Are Increasing Ahead Of Holiday Weekend
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)– This Thanksgiving, the Department of Public Safety wants you to crash at a friend’s, not on the road.

Starting tomorrow, there will be a statewide increase of DWI patrols, all in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.

JERSEY CITY – According to a national study, 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during the holidays resulted from drunk drivers compared to 28 percent the rest of the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, more than two times more people die in alcohol-related crashes. With more people expected to be traveling during this Thanksgiving weekend, the Jersey City Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint to deter and detect motorists who choose to drink and drive. As part of the Jersey City Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program, the Jersey City Police Department has been awarded the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund in the amount of $11,731. These funds are awarded through the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety to support DWI Enforcement initiatives within local jurisdictions. Law enforcement officials will be evaluating drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Police officers will also target impaired drivers by observing moving violations such as no seatbelt, reckless driving, speeding, aggressive driving, and cell phone use. Our message is simple – Friends Dont Let Friends Drive Drunk, says Police Chief Michael Kelly. We encourage anyone planning on drinking this Thanksgiving weekend, or anytime for that matter, to be responsible and designate either a sober driver, arrange for an Uber ride, or use the transit system. Sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols will be implemented throughout the upcoming holidays. So chances are if you are impaired, you will be caught and arrested.

Jersey City DWI Checkpoints This Weekend

“On my way home I received a text from her saying, ‘love you, XXOO’ in all capital letters,” said Officer Joe Kalla of Big Lake Police Department  “I never had the opportunity to reply to her while she was alive, cause two hours after that both her and John were killed by a drunk driver.”

This Thanksgiving, police want to remind the public that buzz driving is drunk driving. And if you plan on drinking, they recommend planning a ride home ahead of time.

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