Several police departments in Morris County are increasing their local patrols at the end of the year in an effort to stop drunk drivers on local roads.
According to law enforcement, the patrols are likely to last through January 1. The hope is that an increased presence of police officers and DWI checkpoints on roadways will help to deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel in the first place.
The increased emphasis on catching drunk drivers is part of a national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign is aimed at stopping motorists who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The Wharton Police Department, which also handles nearby Mine Hill Township, is among the police departments conducting the DUI checkpoints. Other participating police departments include Chester Township, Denville, Jefferson Township, and Randolph.
The DWI checkpoint in Mount Olive NJ was funded in part by a New Jersey state grant that will cover the costs of additional police officers on duty.
If anyone is caught driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) as a result of the DWI checkpoints, they would likely face severe penalties. Depending on whether the violation is considered a first offense DWI or the driver is classified as a repeat offender, the potential penalties include driver’s license suspension, heavy fines, and even jail time.
For additional information about the DWI checkpoints, view the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Wharton, Mine Hill Police Conducting DWI Patrols.”