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Sobriety Checkpoints in NJ

Yes, in the state of New Jersey, police officers are granted permission to sobriety checkpoints throughout the highway if necessary. 

Many drivers throughout the nation should be aware of the severity of driving while intoxicated. There are many consequences for those who decide to drive after taking drugs and/or drinking alcohol. Check out the link below for information on the amount of jail time, fines, and license suspension, all which range from first to third offenses:

http://www.ghabourlaw.com/faqs/what-is-a-breathalyzer-test-.cfm

Did you know that statistically, 30 people die from causes of drunk driving? On an average, that is a death for every 48 minutes. Drunk driving makes up for about 31% of fatal car accidents. Children that range from the ages 0 to 14 years are often victims to these mistakes that drivers make. From campaigns to police officers being more alert at night, deaths due to drunk driving are still high. Police departments throughout the country are taking safety measures by issuing checkpoints where drivers would have to stop and identify themselves to police officers.

In NJ, police departments are allowed to have sobriety checkpoints, due to the case that debated these checkpoints violated the drivers’ Fourth Amendment. Check out our #TBT: Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz blog at:  

http://www.ghabourlaw.com/blog/-tbt-michigan-department-of-state-police-v-sitz-1990-.cfm

How will you know if a sobriety checkpoint is ahead?

  • There will be a number of police officers dressed in official uniform.
  • There will be a number of signs that will notify you a checkpoint is ahead on the highway.

What are they looking for?

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Failure to answer questions
  • The smell of alcohol in breath
  • Visible containers of alcohol and/or drugs

What will the officer do if he or she suspects that you are intoxicated?

If an officer suspects the symptoms above from you, he or she will pull you over to the side of the road and ask you more questions. The officer will request to ask for your license and registration. If the officer obtains a search warrant, he or she will be allowed to do a breathalyzer or other intoxication tests.

If you, luckily, did pass for sobriety, the officer will let you go. However, if the tests done confirm their suspicion, you may get convicted after getting arrested.

If you had an alcoholic beverage or had taken drugs, do not drive. It is not worth it. Along with the possibility of getting caught by an officer, you also pose as a hazard to yourself and other drivers on the road. There is an extreme risk for driving will under the influence. Read up on a story that recently made headlines in NJ in regarding drunk driving:

http://www.ghabourlaw.com/blog/an-accident-with-multiple-preventions.cfm

Joseph M. Ghabour
Auto, Bus, Pedestrian, Motorcycle accident, medical malpractice and worker's compensation attorney.

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