If you feel you have been unfairly charged with drunk driving, then read on. Police in Bayonne, New Jersey, recently charged a gentleman with drunk driving and other offenses. News reports indicate the cops saw the gentleman running red lights and driving erratically. Moreover, the cops claim they determined during the stop that he had been drinking. But the news did not disclose what the cops observed during the stop to form a belief about his intoxication. This matters! Despite this omission, however, the cops charged him with driving while intoxicated. Read More
Cops in Floram Park arrested a New Jersey mother after a car crash, per the news. She had her two children in the car during the afternoon collision on Columbia Turnpike. The children were not injured, per the media. But one of the officers claims he found an empty bottle of wine in the driver’s side door. Additionally, he claims she had trouble staying awake while he spoke with her. Consequently, the cops charged the mother with cruelty and neglect of children, drunk driving, and DWI with a minor passenger. Furthermore, the cops charged her with failure to maintain motor vehicle liability insurance. Moreover, they charged her with reckless driving and careless driving. Read More
If the cops in New Jersey charged you with DWI in a School Zone, then read on. Jersey City cops recently alleged that a man fled an accident and collided with about two dozen other vehicles before they arrested him. In addition, media reports indicate witnesses saw the motorist collide with seven vehicles. Furthermore, a tow truck operator claimed the incident involved 20 vehicles. The tow truck driver, whom the media neither identified nor qualified as a Drug Recognition Expert, claimed the driver was “high off something.” Nevertheless, the media quoted this lay witness as stating, “Like angel dust.” Police arrested the driver about one mile from the accident. Consequently, they charged him with DWI in a school zone. Additionally, they charged him with marijuana possession, DWI, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. Moreover, they charged him with careless driving and failure to report an accident. Read More
Police in Middletown, NJ, charged a motorist after he allegedly struck a teenage boy on Halloween night, per the news. The charges against the motorist include assault with a motor vehicle while under the influence, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian, and failure to use headlamps. Unsurprisingly, however, the police have not disclosed whether the DUI is for driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol, or another intoxicating substance. Read More
In November 2016, two New Jersey State Troopers found a gentleman asleep in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle. Indeed, news reports indicate the police found the gentleman slouched over and sleeping. Meanwhile, the hazard lights blinked in the parked car on the shoulder of a highway in Teaneck. The gentleman woke up after about three minutes. And he allegedly activated the brake lights and the rear windshield wipers as the troopers asked him to turn off the car. Police also alleged the presence of a strong odor of alcohol when the gentleman opened the window. After ordering the gentleman to exit the vehicle, the troopers performed standardized field sobriety tests. Read More
An Elizabeth, NJ, cop recently admitted to causing the death of a motorcyclist while driving drunk last Halloween. The officer admitted in court to drinking at a bar in Roselle, NJ, before the crash, per the news. While operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol, he caused a collision with the motorcycle. A police narrative alleges he left the accident scene after giving police his credentials, per nj dot com. Court documents further allege he prevented police from searching his vehicle, per the news.
Jersey City cops recently responded to the scene of a one-car crash, per the news. The cops claim a 30-year-old motorist drove his car up a sidewalk and into the corner of a building. They observed the motor vehicle on the sidewalk of the intersection, with the front end of the vehicle resting against a building.
But the cops did not witness the accident take place. In addition, there is nothing in the news report to indicate they have surveillance videos. Furthermore, the news does not indicate the extent of the damage either to the vehicle or the building. Indeed, the news indicates the police conducted only a brief investigation. And the news does not indicate whether the police conducted standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). Read More
April is Distracted Diving Awareness Month. To be certain, this is no April Fool’s joke. And here is another surprise you might not have known. Beginning on April 1, New Jersey cops in select towns will crack down on texting while driving. Indeed, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety awarded $1,401,830 statewide to subsidize the UDrive Utext UPay campaign. This video from nj dot com offers information about this campaign. Additionally, South Jersey counties, accounting for one-third of all the counties, received $315,920.00, about one-fourth of the funding. This grid reflects the distribution of funds throughout South Jersey’s seven counties. Read More
In addition to license suspension, financial penalties, community service, jail, and ignition interlock, New Jersey’s DWI statute requires Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (“IDRC”) attendance. Established within the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services, the Intoxicated Driving Program oversees and supervises Intoxicated Driver Resource Centers statewide. Coupled with other functions, each IDRC runs educational programs about alcohol, drugs, and highway safety. Indeed, each county must establish an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center on a county or regional basis, in cooperation with the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Additionally, each Intoxicated Driver Resource Center administrator must be a counselor certified by the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Board of New Jersey, or other professional with a minimum of five years experience in the treatment of alcoholism. Read More