By: Richard L. Smith
In an effort to enhance road safety and combat impaired driving, the Hudson County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with the Jersey City Police Department and the Hoboken Police Department, will be conducting a DWI checkpoint on Friday, November 17, from 10:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
The primary objective of this initiative is not only to make arrests but also to deter individuals from driving under the influence.
Sheriff Schillari emphasized that impaired driving is not limited to alcohol, as some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs can also compromise a person's ability to operate a vehicle safely. In addition to the DWI checkpoint, the Sheriff's Office will deploy extra patrols throughout the county to curb driving while intoxicated.
They will also participate in the Hudson County Vision Zero Task Force, further contributing to road safety efforts.
Sheriff Schillari offered valuable tips to ensure the safety of both drivers and pedestrians during the upcoming holiday season:
1. Utilize mass transit, taxicabs, and car services, or ask a sober friend to provide a ride home.
2. Consider staying overnight at the location of the activity or party you are attending.
3. If you spot an impaired driver on the road, promptly contact law enforcement to potentially save a life.
4. Always wear your seatbelt during every ride, as it is your best defense against an impaired driver.
5. If you find yourself intoxicated and need to travel on foot, opt for a cab or ask a sober friend or family member to accompany you safely home.
6. Take responsibility for the safety of those around you. If you know someone is drinking, prevent them from getting behind the wheel.
With these proactive measures in place, the Hudson County Sheriff's Office and its partners are committed to fostering a safer environment on the roadways and preventing accidents caused by impaired driving.