On July 25, a 22-year-old New Jersey man was arrested for allegedly smashing his SUV into more than 30 parked vehicles while he was drunk. The wild scene occurred in Hoboken at around 1:20 a.m.
An appeals court has ruled that the 2004 state law known as Michael's Law does not allow repeat DWI offenders to serve alternative sentences upon conviction. Michael's Law that honors a 19-year-old victim of a drunk driver strengthened sentencing guidelines by imposing a mandatory 180-day jail sentence on people convicted of drunk driving three or more times.
On June 2, a rookie tight end for the Jets was taken into custody in New Jersey for drunk driving. The report said that the arrest occurred at about 4:45 a.m. on Route 80 in Rockaway.
New Jersey drivers who are facing a DWI charge may be interested to learn that, on May 4, it was reported that at least 20,000 cases may have been affected by potentially unreliable DWI test results. A 200-page report that was released by the state judiciary indicated that there were allegations of misconduct on behalf of a state trooper.
On April 14 at about 10 a.m., police stopped a vehicle at southbound milepost 50 on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. Authorities pulled over the Nissan operated by a 31-year-old woman after receiving a call about a vehicle being driven erratically in the area. According to another driver who alerted authorities, the vehicle was going in and out of several lanes on Route 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.