OCEANPORT: Beginning this weekend, the Oceanport Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the Statewide Labor Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
The Oceanport Police Department was recently awarded an enforcement grant which will allow for extra officers to be placed on targeted DWI enforcement details, according to Oceanport Police Chief Michael Kelly.
The enforcement will begin on Friday Aug. 18, 2017 and will run through Sept. 4, police will be conducting roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired or intoxicated.
On Aug. 18 from 10 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 a.m., the Oceanport Police along with members from the Monmouth County DWI Task Force will set up an impaired driving checkpoint on Oceanport Ave outside of Fort Monmouth.
"This is a critical law enforcement initiative that can save lives during a time of year when people gather during the Labor Day weekend and have social gatherings which include alcohol," Kelly said. "This enforcement program brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them."
The Oceanport Police say they have seen an increase in drivers who are under the influence of alcohol during the first 7 months of the year and have arrested 30 drivers for being impaired due to drugs or alcohol.
"The increase in arrests in Oceanport for driving while impaired or intoxicated is alarming, but it also shows that we are out looking for, and arresting those drivers who fail to get the message that someone who drinks and gets behind the wheel is not only risking their life, but the lives of those around them", Kelly said.
The Oceanport Police Department is offering the following advice:
If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
Spend the night where the activity is held.
Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life
Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It's your best defense against an impaired driver.
If you're intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.