Cops beefing up DWI enforcement for the holidays
Monday, November 24, 2008
Last updated: Monday November 24, 2008, EST 7:04 AM
Police will step up patrols and drunken-driving checkpoints beginning this week and are warning drivers against underage drinking as homecoming events and the holiday season approach.
“From Thanksgiving through the first of the year, we’re stepping up our patrols and will run some extra police details,” said Upper Saddle River Police Chief Mike Fanning, whose officers patrol local roads and a stretch of Route 17. “With the holidays approaching, there’s an extra eye out to combat this.”
Other police departments in northwest Bergen are doing likewise.
Glen Rock police will add patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday, said Police Chief Steven Cherry.
“It is part of the countywide enforcement,” Cherry said. “The project is sponsored by the Bergen County Office of Highway Safety and participation enhances our ability to receive funding for similar projects throughout the year.”
Ridgewood Detective Chris McDowell said the public should check the village Web site to become familiar with Ordinance 3065, which outlines the penalties for underage consumption and/or possession of alcohol.
“If your kids are having people at the house, make sure alcohol is not being consumed,” McDowell said. “Usually the parties start small and then they tend to grow &hellip as word gets out.”
The public is becoming more aware of ordinances that outline the penalties for underage drinking, Fanning said.
“We have an ordinance in effect about underage drinking on private property and we’re vigilant in enforcing it,” he said.
Cherry said the focus is on keeping people safe.
“The first thing affected by the consumption of alcoholic beverages is your judgment,” he said. “We’re trying to prevent tragedies.”
— Evonne Coutros