The New Jersey DUI News Report is a monthly publication that covers local DUI-related news, stories and updates in the State of New Jersey.
Read below to learn about this year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in New Jersey, as well as two DUI arrests stories that were recently featured in the local news.
Police departments throughout the State of New Jersey participated in this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled over campaign is an annual, nationwide initiative sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the program is to reduce drunk driving across the country through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and educational information.
This year's DUI enforcement campaign began on August 18th in New Jersey and ran through the end of Labor Day Weekend. The official data from this year's campaign is still being compiled, but last year saw a total of 1,649 DUI-related arrests by participating police departments over the course of the DUI enforcement initiative.
For more information on the annual DUI enforcement initiative visit NJ.gov.
According to reports, an off-duty police officer was recently arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being involved in a car accident in Linden, New Jersey.
The 49-year-old police officer has been with the Linden Police Department for 17 years and was reportedly driving a Jeep on West St. George Avenue on Friday, August 25th, when he allegedly crashed into another vehicle.
Linden police officers quickly arrived at the scene to investigate the accident. According to court documents the responding law enforcement officers suspected that the man was driving under the influence and conducted several field sobriety tests which the off-duty police officer allegedly failed.
The off-duty police officer was not injured while the woman who was driving the other vehicle involved in the car accident was evaluated for minor injuries at the scene before being released. The off-duty police officer was ultimately arrested on suspicion of DUI and later released pending a court appearance.
An Assistant Prosecutor for Mercer County was reportedly arrested and charged with drunk driving in Trenton earlier this month. The 28-year-old Assistant Prosecutor, who is also the son of the Trenton Police Director, was arrested on Friday, September 8th, after he allegedly rear-ended a car on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Video footage from the responding officers' body cameras shows that the man admitted to drinking one beer before the incident. Police then conducted multiple field sobriety tests that the suspect allegedly failed.
He was ultimately arrested before being taken to the local police station to be processed. According to official documents, the man's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was 0.20% when he was tested at the station.
Drivers are arrested on DWI charges in the State of New Jersey every single day. However, just because a driver is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence does not necessarily mean that he or she will be convicted of the charges.
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