New Brunswick, NJ - Holiday revelers are being warned of sobriety checkpoints set up around Middlesex County to aid in roadway safety over the holiday season.
More than 150 summonses have been issued over the past four weeks, including nine arrests for drunken driving, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan said. The arrests included six for drug possession and two for outstanding warrants.
Since the beginning of 2010, there have been 34 fatal collisions in Middlesex County, 12 of which involved consumption of alcohol or drugs, he noted.
Penalties call for a seven-month suspension of driver’s license for the first offense, plus fines, insurance surcharges and legal costs, according to authorities.
Municipal police departments, working with the county prosecutor’s Fatal Crash Investigations Unit, will continue the random stops to check for impaired drivers through New Year’s Day, Kaplan said.
The program is in its 25th year. Motorists cannot expect prior warning of where or when checkpoints will be established.
‘’Since sobriety checkpoints were set up in Middlesex County, the number of people arrested and charged with impaired driving has dropped dramatically,’’ Kaplan said.
‘’The overall goal of the program is to make sure that holiday travelers arrive at their destinations safely,’’ he said.