Over Memorial Day Weekend, traffic officers in North Jersey issued 735 summonses, arrested 11 people, and impounded 45 vehicles.
In what has become an annual tradition, several North Jersey law-enforcement agencies joined forces to promote safe driving and reduce reckless driving. New Jersey state police, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, and police agencies from Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, and Passaic County formed a task force that conducted an aggressive enforcement sweep on I-80, I-280, I-287, Route 3, Route 21, Route 46, and Route 208.
The hard-hitting campaign was aimed at reducing motor vehicle crashes and fatalities during the heavy travel that typically accompanies Memorial Day Weekend. The Passaic County Office of Highway Safety, which helped to coordinate the campaign, also intended to promote seatbelt usage, with a particular emphasis on rear seat compliance.
Since 1999, the Passaic County Aggressive Driving Task Force has conducted 43 traffic sweeps, resulting in 332 arrests and the issuance of nearly 36,000 tickets.
During this year’s Memorial Day Weekend crackdown, the task force also targeted impaired drivers. In Pequannock, police arrested one (1) driver suspected of driving while intoxicated.
In New Jersey, a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can lead to severe penalties. These penalties are set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. According to the statute, a conviction for first offense DWI can bring about a sentence of up to 30 days in county jail.
For more information, see the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Police Issue Over 700 Tickets during Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown in New Jersey.“
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