With the summer season fast approaching, Ocean County is preparing to increase its DWI enforcement efforts as people start heading to the shore.
The DWI enforcement program is being headed up by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement agencies.
According to an official statement, 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.”
The DWI enforcement program is intended to regionalize and supplement the DWI enforcement efforts of local police agencies throughout the county.
In addition to an increased number of patrolling vehicles in Ocean County, the program will include additional DWI checkpoints intended to deter intoxicated driving. Each DWI checkpoint will also have two Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) to help detect drivers under the influence of drugs and other controlled substances.
These extra checkpoints are being funded in part by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
While it is not against the law to operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol, it is illegal to drive after consuming too much alcohol. With DWI enforcement efforts ramping up at the Jersey Shore this summer, it is important to be aware of the legal limit (0.08% BAC) and remember to play it safe by using alternative methods of transportation if you believe that you are over the legal limit.
If you do happen to find yourself arrested on DWI charges in New Jersey, you can contact Levow DWI Law for a free consultation. Our experienced DUI defense lawyers have successfully represented many drivers arrested on suspicion of DWI in Ocean County and throughout the entire State of New Jersey. We can help you understand all of your legal options and work with you to create a strategic defense based on your specific circumstances.