MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Bayshore Task Force announced today that the Driving While Intoxicated Saturation Patrol would be patrolling during the Thanksgiving  and Christmas Holiday season seeking out those who drive under the influence.  As in the past officers will be deployed to curtail the incidents of motor vehicle crashes and injuries. 

Too many times we have seen the tragic results of persons who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol.  Every town in the Bayshore area has experienced the trauma of innocent people being killed or seriously injured in drinking and driving related crashes.  Speed is a contributing factor in many of these crashes.  Many drivers, especially the inexperienced are either unaware or indifferent to the deadly results of driving while intoxicated and speeding.  An unfortunate reminder, but one that all should heed, are the roadside memorials for those who have been killed throughout this area.

The Baysore Chief’s of Police encourage anyone who chooses to drink alcohol and have the need to travel to make arrangements beforehand, either by having a sober designated driver or a taxi service available.  Parents need to know where their children are and who they are driving with to prevent a tragedy from occurring.  Prevention is the key and is responsibility of every parent and driver to ending this senseless slaughter on our roadways.

The Bayshore Task Force is comprised of ten municipalities (Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Middletown and Union Beach) and The National Park’s Law Enforcement Rangers Sandy Hook. The task force will continue its’ saturation patrols to combat Driving While Intoxicated throughout 2012.  The enforcement efforts are a result of funding provided through a grant issued by the New Jersey Department of Highway Traffic Saftey.  

The Bayshore Chiefs of Police would like to remind all persons that under the .08% DWI law, you may have to modify your consumption of alcohol. No one under the age of 21 may operate a vehicle with any readable alcohol in their system. If you choose to consume alcohol, utilize the Hero Campaign and have a designated driver available to save your life or the life of another. The new .08% DWI law combined with John’s Law I, the towing of a DWI operator’s vehicle and its’ impoundment for up to 12 hours, should help reduce the chances of a DWI crash.

While the police in all of its’ efforts to reduce the chances of crashes, it is the public and the local businesses that will have the far greater impact in making our roadways safer. We ask that all businesses adopt a program like the Hero Campaign and start being the real heroes and saving lives. In addition, if you see a vehicle operating unsafely on the roadway, call the police and report it immediately!. A partnership between the businesses, the public and the police, will have a drastic impact on reducing DWI related crashes. Lets make 2012 the safest year on our roadways.