In New Jersey and elsewhere, law enforcement is concerned with keeping streets and highways safe. As part of that initiative, officers routinely employ checkpoints to identify motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A sergeant with the Woodbridge Police Department recently announced the department will start its yearly DUI/DWI checkpoint initiative on March 11.
The sergeant stated the department will start setting up checkpoints at various locations. In the past, authorities had to publicly announce the locations of the check points; however, a new New Jersey law in New Jersey provides that law enforcement only has to announce checkpoints will be installed, rather than disclosing their specific locations. The checkpoint initiative will apparently run through the spring, summer and fall.
The checkpoints will look for people driving under the influence of alcohol as well as marijuana and other drugs and prescription medication. Officers have been trained to identify signs of possible intoxication in drivers, which can include pupil dilation, slurred speech and other signs. Middlesex County has apparently received funding for 30 checkpoints, with the majority occurring in or around Woodbridge Township.
Whether caught at a traffic stop on the road or a DWI checkpoint, those charged with DWI/DUI face serious repercussions to their freedom, driving privileges, and professional and personal reputation. Those charged with DWI/DUI are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court. As such, those accused of such crimes will want to work closely with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey for help increase their chances of obtaining the most favorable outcome possible.