Toms River PD Gets $4,400 for DWI Crackdown During Holidays

Police will use funds to accelerate drunken driving enforcement

The Toms River police department is receiving a $4,400 state grant to help crack down on drunken driving during the holiday season.

The municipality is one of many across the state receiving the state aid.

"For about the next month, more than 400 law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the state’s roads looking for drunk and impaired drivers as part of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign, which runs from December 6 to January 2," says a prepared statement from the state.

Of those agencies, 144 will receive grants of $4,400 from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety that pay for saturation patrols and high-visibility sobriety checkpoints throughout New Jersey. During last year’s corresponding campaign, 95 agencies received the grant.

“During the holiday season, law enforcement officials always see a jump in the number of drunk and impaired drivers,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. “Police will be targeting those drivers and once again this effort will send the message that if you chose to drink and drive, you will be arrested every time, no exception.”

In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he or she operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent. 

Consuming even small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgment, vision and alertness. If you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively impacted, you can be convicted of drunk driving.

Poedubicky said the penalties for a first DWI arrest include fines of up to $500 and a one-year driver’s license suspension. Violators can also expect auto insurance surcharges of several thousand dollars.

“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital,” Poedubicky said. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is often the case.”

In 2012, there were 158 fatalities directly attributed to impaired driving in the state, accounting for 27 percent of the 589 total crash fatalities.

In the winter of 2012, the holiday crackdowns resulted in 1,555 Driving While Intoxicated arrests. In addition, participating police agencies issued 5,138 speeding summonses and 3,113 seat belt summonses, and more than 1,600 fugitives were apprehended during the mobilization.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety offers the following advice to ensure a safe holiday travel season for those who choose to drink alcohol:

  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night rather than get behind the wheel.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.

A list of police agencies receiving mobilization grants is available on the Division’s web site, at http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/DSOGPO_12-2013-2014_Grant_Recipients.pdf.


proud December 05, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Wearing a seat belt is a privilege.
patch_reader December 05, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Too bad they turn their heads the other way when their buddies are DWI.
Mr. Happy December 05, 2013 at 08:28 AM
@proud- 39:3-76.2f is the LAW mandating seat belts, it's not a privilege. @Maruca - the town will actually gain revenue through fines and court costs generated from the DWI patrols. You both failed_in_your_posts. Wise up, both of you!
proud December 05, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Actually, what Mr Lackey doesn't understand is that the State gets almost all the Municipal Court dough with the exception municipal violations and I was being facetious about the number of seat belt tickets given at DUI check infringements. I suppose that went over his head, too. Sharp is not a word one would use to describe the Pernt Beach Shoeshine Boy. Alas, there is very little hope of him wising up so suck it up folks.
grace December 05, 2013 at 09:48 AM
ugh but i agree with @ happy it will bring in revenue sad to say . i am not even having a wine with my girlfriends afraid i will be tackled brought down to my knees with shackles and treated like a rapist if i ever did and got pulled over. it would be posted all over etc.. thats because i have no police relatives
grace December 05, 2013 at 09:49 AM
so i also agree with @patch leader
grace December 05, 2013 at 09:51 AM
omg i do not want people to drive drunk just sayin after 1 you can be locked up and made to feel like dirt
proud December 05, 2013 at 11:21 AM
@grace, the municipal courts receive a pittance to defray operating costs for statutory violations. That would include DUI which is what the grant money is intended for. You can agree with Mr Lackey, but you'd be wrong and also swimming in a toilet.
Mr. Happy December 05, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Wow, that's the Christmas spirit proud...telling sweet @grace that she can swim in a toilet--kinda like calling the mayor's wife a drunk--have you no shame??
proud December 05, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Nice try with the spin @pond scum.
grace December 05, 2013 at 12:24 PM
lol ok @ proud can you please not flush!! cant swim well these days..thanks for your correction sir
Mark December 05, 2013 at 01:24 PM
The TRPD does not need additional taxpayer dollars to do what they are supposed to be doing! How about emptying out Hqts of all the Police Officers doing clerical with weekends off. How about extra supervision for the many officers that never write any tickets or never seem to make arrests? How about holding the Sgts & Lt's responsible for everything that happens during their shifts?
grace December 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM
hey @ mark any news on the fbi questioning the ssh chief of police? that too just washed away


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