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Middlesex County Sobriety Checkpoints on Tap for the Year

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If you party too hard in Middlesex County, you could be in for a real scary time…jail that is.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday that random sobriety checkpoints will pop up around the county as part of a year-long program sponsored by a New Jersey Department of Transportation $36,300 grant.

That money will go to pay for the salaries and equipment of the local departments participating in the program through September 2017, according to the press release.

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The checkpoints at random locations will look for impaired drivers, encouraging drivers not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the release said.

“The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has been successfully operating sobriety checkpoints since 1985,’’ Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in the release, “Curtailing impaired driving will prevent serious accidents and will save lives.’’

The penalties for driving under the influence can be steep, the release said.

First offenders whose blood-alcohol content registers between 0.08 percent and 0.01 percent can be incarcerated for up to 30 days and motorists may lose their driving privileges for seven months to a year.

Those convicted with a blood-alcohol reading of more than 0.15 percent must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles.

Fines and legal fees can cost motorists as much as $15,000, according to the release.

Second-time offenders must be jailed for at least 48 hours and can be incarcerated for up to 90 days with a loss of driver’s license for two years.

According to the release, a third offense carries a jail term of 180 days and loss of driver’s license for 10 years.

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