DWI Checkpoint Results
On December 21, 2018, a DWI sobriety checkpoint was established in front of 525 Route 23 from 9:15 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. The checkpoint was funded though grants from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. During the approximately six hour detail Cedar Grove Officers made contact with the operators of the 1,450 vehicles that came through the checkpoint. Safety material related to driving while under the influence was handed out. Police did conduct field sobriety tests on seven vehicle operators exhibiting signs of intoxication. Although no arrests were made for driving while intoxicated, two arrests we made for possession of controlled dangerous substances and a total of seven summonses were issued for traffic violations.
“We consider the operation to be a success. The goal was not to generate summonses, but to deter impaired driving with a highly visible enforcement detail. Prevention was the goal of the campaign. The public had been provided with advance notice of the check point. The thinking being, make the risk of being caught too high and therefore bringing about a behavior change. The public response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The fact that no arrests were made for driving while intoxicated suggests that campaigns such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” are working. This along with ride share services such as Uber are changing the mindset of the motorist when getting behind the wheel, resulting in safe travel for everyone on the road.