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.