DWI checkpoints Friday night for St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey
With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Friday, the State Police says there are a few things beyond the luck of the Irish that can help revelers stay safe while still having a good time throughout the weekend.
Troopers say they will have extra patrols working around the state ensuring people are safe not only on the roads but wherever they choose to enjoy their "shenanigans." From Friday until Monday, that will mean an extra 140 troopers on patrol checking for everything from aggressive drive, to speeding, to seat belt violations, and of course those who choose to drive while intoxicated.
In addition to motorists being aware of pedestrians, the State Police says it is important for pedestrians to be aware of drivers. Taking steps like crossing at crosswalks, obeying traffic signals, having a designated driver before the fun starts, and reporting dangerous driving by texting #77 are just a few simple steps which can go a long way in helping keep everyone safe.
There will also be sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the state on Friday. One will be in the area of Belmar and Neptune, a second is set for the northbound entrance ramp at Exit 98 on the Garden State Parkway, and a third is set for the New Jersey Turnpike Hudson Bay Extension entrance at Exit 14C.
"If you plan on drinking, have a designated driver, arrange for transportation or stay where you are," they said. "It's not worth the risk of hurting or killing yourself, a friend, a loved one, or innocent motorist.
NJ Transit is also taking special steps to ensure safety on Sunday. Liquid containers will be banned on any of their vehicles, whether open or closed, on Sunday, including for those people going to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pearl River. The Pascack Valley Line is being offered as an alternative method of getting to the parade for those who do not want to make the drive across the border.
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