November 18, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chief Thomas Gilbert - PIO - GCPO
Re: Upcoming DWI Checkpoint
The Washington Township Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint during the week of November 17, 2019. The checkpoint will be made possible by funding provided from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The DWI checkpoint will aim to keep motorists safe during the upcoming holiday season, as well as provide educational materials to motorists concerning the dangers of drinking and driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,500 people died in car accidents from 2000 to 2009 over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Roughly a third of these deaths were attributed to drunken driving, resulting in the highest number of drunk driving accidents of any holiday.
Data from NHTSA confirms that more alcohol-related driving deaths occurred on Thanksgiving Eve than on New Year’s Eve in at least four of the past five years.
In its yearly push for safe holiday driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving warns that excessive drinking over the holidays begins with the day before Thanksgiving. DWI Checkpoints conducted over the past two years in Gloucester County have resulted in 18 DWI arrests, 21 other arrests, over 200 summonses issued, and thousands of motorists provided educational materials.
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