Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations John Speirs announce the implementation of a Driving While Intoxicated checkpoint in Parsippany to be set up this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17 .
The checkpoint is being financed by a grant the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has received from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to conduct DWI checkpoints at various locations throughout Morris County. The specific location of this weekend’s checkpoint is not being disclosed.
The “County DWI Enforcement Grant” is designed to establish checkpoints in cooperation with municipal police departments in the county at various locations throughout Morris County.
The goal of the enforcement effort is to cut down on the number of drunk drivers and prevent crashes, and related deaths and injuries, that are the direct result from drinking and driving.
In 2014, which is the most recent statistics available, there were 523 fatal crashes in New Jersey in which 556 people were killed, according to a state police report. The data shows that of those fatalities 31 percent of drivers had consumed alcohol to some extent and 12 percent were legally intoxicated.
Inquiries should be directed to Prosecutor’s Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected]. or 973-285-6215.