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Brick PD Kicking Off Summer Sobriety Checkpoints

Memorial Day weekend also tops holidays for red-light running, stats say

Along with the beach, boating and baseball comes another summer tradition at the Jersey Shore: the sobriety checkpoint.

Brick police said Friday that Memorial Day weekend will kick off the department's annual slate of sobriety checkpoints.

Township police will partner with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office to man the checkpoints – the dates and locations of which were not released publicly – that will last through the summer season.

Motorists traveling through the checkpoints will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, said Sgt. David Bedrosian in a prepared statement.

Officers will also ensure that motorists have a valid driver's license and registration for their vehicles.

The checkpoints are designed to "promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers," the statement said.

But drunk driving isn't the only dangerous activity which sees an uptick over the Memorial Day holiday. The long weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period for red light running, according to national statistics.

Memorial Day was the number one holiday weekend for running red lights last year in a study of violations in 142 areas in 18 states.

A report from the National Coalition for Safer Roads said 2.3 million drivers in 18 states surveyed ran a red light last year. The number of scofflaws was more than 27 percent higher on Memorial Day weekend than on an average non-holiday weekend.

The report also found that more red-light violations occurred on Friday than any other day of the week, and motorists were more likely to zoom through an intersection between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; 30.7 percent of the violations occurred in the afternoon.

Tom Cular May 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM
There's a good chance that vehicles with PBA plates or the membership shield on the windshield will pass through without the usual checks unless it's obvious that the driver is really intoxicated.
Tom Cular May 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Years ago while living in OC, Maryland, I would leave for work about 2 AM and would get stopped at least twice a month during the summer months.
Hollowman May 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM
But that would require reeeeeaaading stuff...... and stuff is boring.....
Hollowman May 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM
law enforcement plates and the windshield badges can be "purchased" by donating parties regardless of police affiliation.
GMA May 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Seen it.Looked like a green mini van flipped on its roof,and I think there was a Jeep suv next to it,that was involved in that crash. That area is not good,and will be even worse when that CVS is built.

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