Several arrests made during Drunk Driving-Drugs Checkpoint by Lacey Police

A drunk driving and drugs checkpoint help by Lacey police from Friday 26 July 10 p.m. to Saturday 27 July 3 a.m. resulted in several arrests.

During the five-hour checkpoint, police looked for drivers showing signs of intoxication. The checkpoint was planned along Route 9 South in Forked River according to Police Chief David A. Paprota.

The checkpoint was coordinated by the Lacey Township Police in collaboration with five other law enforcement agencies. According to the chief, the checkpoint was planned in a continued effort toward inter-agency cooperation. The other law enforcement agencies included Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K‐9, Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) from the Manchester Township and Jackson Township Police Departments. Officers and detectives from these agencies worked with patrol officers and DREs (Drug Recognition Experts) of the Lacey Township Police Department. Federal agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security were also part of the team at the checkpoint.

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Attempt to lower DUI levels falls flat with states

An attempt by the Federal capital to lower DUI blood alcohol limit has fallen flat in the states. What’s even surprising is that groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) are not advocating for it.

The current legal limit for intoxication is 0.08 percent in most states, which has been recommended to be lowered to 0.05 percent by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This is to reduce the number of accidents caused as a result of intoxication as drivers with a 0.08 percent alcohol level in their system are twice likely to get involved in a wreck as compared to drivers driving with a 0.05 percent blood-alcohol level.

According to The Hill, neither MADD nor the Governors Highway Safety Association is endorsing the attempt to lower the legal limit for driving.

Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director for the governor’s safety group, in The Hill said, “We don’t see any state going to .05. This doesn’t seem to be getting any traction.”

Terri Austin, an Indiana state representative also said that the legislators will have to have a pretty compelling case for it to be approved as a law to lower the legal BAC limit. However, according to him, that doesn’t look likely.

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