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Wrong-way driver charged with DWI

New Jersey State Police and Port Authority officers prevented possible tragedy when a car was spotted going in the wrong direction on Route 78. Multiple motorists reported the incident, which resulted in the arrest of a New York resident. The incident happened near Newark International Airport just before daylight on April 8th.

State officers were dispatched to the area after receiving reports of a sedan driving against traffic in the left lane of Route 78 in the vicinity of mile marker 58. Before they arrived, Port Authority police had observed and stopped the vehicle. According to reports, a 48-year-old male resident of Queens was stopped without incident, but officers quickly realized he was possibly intoxicated. In addition to the illegal driving, the man smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. His arrest report indicates that he failed other field sobriety tests.

What do I do if get pulled over for a DUI?

A night out at the bar in the Wayne area can lead to a DUI charge if you are not careful. There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks with friends and relaxing after work, but it is illegal to get behind the wheel if your blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher.  

Often, people are not aware of how intoxicated they are until law enforcement pulls them over and they end up with DUI charges. If you ever find yourself at a DUI checkpoint or with the police in your rearview mirror, flashing their lights to pull you over, consider the following information about your rights. 

What counts as domestic violence in New Jersey?

The stereotypical scenario involving domestic violence generally is a husband or boyfriend hitting his female partner. While this is the reality for some couples, it is not the only form of domestic violence that can occur and lead to legal consequences.

In fact, if you face charges of domestic violence, you may wonder why when you have never physically abused your partner (or other household member). Being aware of what counts as domestic violence in New Jersey is imperative in defending your case and preventing it from happening again.

Man charged for stealing 3 pairs of tennis shoes

According to police officers with the Secaucus Police Department, a 41-year-old Jersey City man was taken into custody after he allegedly stole three pairs of tennis shoes. The incident reportedly occurred at the UPS facility where the man worked.

Officers reported to the UPS package delivery facility at 7:48 a.m. on March 15 after they were called. The 41-year-old man was taken into custody and was processed and then released. He was charged with theft. Officers reported that the value of the sneakers was $1,160, but they did not state what brand of shoes they were.

Woman receives multiple charges in DUI case

A 33-year-old woman was taken into custody by New Jersey police during the early morning hours of Feb. 23. At about 1:04 a.m., police spotted a Buick LeSabre drive past them on Route 202/206 north at the Verizon Switching station. A traffic stop was conducted after authorities noted that she didn't signal properly and that her vehicle had tinted windows.

Although the woman stopped her vehicle, she refused to get out and continued driving on Route 202. It eventually jumped a curb and got stuck in a swamp. She was charged with driving under the influence as well a second-degree count of eluding police. In addition, she received citations for failing to properly signal and for not obeying a traffic signal. Other citations included reckless driving, careless driving and getting DWI within 1,000 feet of a school.

Is it possible to shoplift accidentally?

People can and do shoplift for any number of reasons. For example, they may have financial issues that seem to leave them with no other choice. Or perhaps they have kleptomania, or maybe they experience a thrill from shoplifting. Maybe they are young, with brains not yet fully formed and ill-equipped to deal with impulse-control issues.

But what about accidental shoplifting? Is that really a thing, and what can you do in such a case?

Jets player cited for DWI

New Jersey residents who follow the New York Jets may be alarmed to learn that one of the team's players was recently cited for DWI after driving the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel. Dylan Donahue, a 2017 fifth-round pick who just completed his rookie season, was charged with DWI and reckless driving while his passenger was charged with disorderly conduct.

On Feb. 26 at approximately 2 a.m., a Port Authority officer allegedly observed Donahue maneuver around traffic cones and proceed into the center tube. Moments later, the Dodge Charger Hellcat Donahue was driving collided head-on with a bus carrying 15 passengers. Four people were injured in the collision. The 25-year-old linebacker reportedly failed field sobriety tests and a breath test administered by police before being arrested. He is the second Jets player charged with reckless driving this off-season. Team officials have declined to comment pending resolution of the legal process.

Fatal crash rates slightly higher on April 20

New Jersey residents and others may know that April 20 is treated like a holiday for those who enjoy marijuana. The trend began in 1992 when it was mentioned in a magazine called High Times. Researchers used data from 1992 to 2016 to compare traffic fatality rates on that date compared to dates a week before and a week after. The research revealed that there was a slight increase in fatal car crashes on American roads on April 20.

Specifically, there was a 12 percent higher rate of traffic fatalities on April 20 compared to the other dates. That translated to 142 deaths across the country on that date. However, it wasn't possible to conclude that marijuana was the primary cause of the increased risk because there wasn't always police data linking marijuana use with a given accident. Furthermore, a driver may be impaired by both alcohol and marijuana at the same time.

Police departments to patrol for DWIs during Super Bowl

Numerous New Jersey town authorities have reported their plans to have additional DWI patrols out during the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. The police departments involved in beefing up their patrols include Hazlet, Atlantic Highlands, Keansburg, Highlands, Matawan, Union Beach and a variety of other towns in the area.

It was reported that nine of the police departments that will be involved in the DWI Super Bowl patrols were each awarded $11,000 in grants from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The other departments involved in the patrols will have access to enforcement funds for curbing drunk driving.

Why do some people not take same-sex domestic violence seriously?

Domestic violence is a serious issue whether it occurs in opposite-sex or same-sex relationships. However, some people tend to take it less seriously when it occurs in a same-sex relationship. Even the alleged victims and perpetrators may do this.

Here is a look at the various issues involved.

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