DWI checkpoint in Point Pleasant Beach this weekend; cops not saying when
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — A second driving checkpoint will be set up during the weekend on the Jersey Shore.
A DWI/traffic checkpoint detail will pull over vehicles over the weekend along Route 35 in Point Pleasant Beach, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, who did not specify a day or time.
“The tremendous added volume of summer shore vehicle and pedestrian traffic calls for increased vigilance by law enforcement, and that will be the focus over this coming weekend. We ask that drivers do their part by driving responsibly and making smart choices behind the wheel every day of the year," Coronato said in a statement.
Coronato said that two drug recognition experts will be part of the detail to detect those under the influence of narcotics.
The checkpoint is funded by the Ocean County Board of Freeholders and the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. It will include detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.
State Police earlier announced a DWI checkpoint at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Friday night following the Zach Brown concert.
The U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 ruled that “the interest in reducing alcohol-impaired driving was sufficient to justify the brief intrusion of a sobriety checkpoint. If conducted properly, sobriety checkpoints do not constitute illegal search and seizure in most states,” the state Attorney General’s website says.
Prior to a State Police DWI checkpoint on Thanksgiving, State Police spokesman Lawrence Peale explained that there is a set interval to check cars, “whether it be every second, third, fourth or fifth car” at a checkpoint.
If you see a driver you believe is posing a hazard because of poor driving behaviors, police said to call the aggressive driver tip line by dialing #77. They ask that you be able to give a description of the vehicle and occupants, a location and direction, and a license plate if possible.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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