Only a handful of DWI arrests in North Jersey on New Years 2012
According to police, there were a low number of DWI arrests this year over New Years as opposed to prior years. Most police departments in Bergen and Passaic counties had no DWI arrests on New Years eve which is rare.
The State Police, from their barracks in Bloomfield, who patrol the Garden State Parkway from Woodbridge to Montvale had three (3) DWI arrests. Comparativey, Palisades Interstate Park, Garfield, and Saddle Brook had one DWI arrest while Fair Lawn had two.
According to the Bergen Record article, “[l]ast month, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released state-by-state drunken driving statistics for 2011 showing that 9,878 people were killed nationwide in DWI crashes, including 395 during the second half of December. In New Jersey, out of 627 road deaths, 193 were due to drunken driving accidents. That number grew from the previous year, when the number of alcohol impaired fatalities in the state was 160, according to the report.”
This is an encouraging sign that the number of DWI arrests was down significantly this year on New Years eve. People must be staying in or using mass transportation and designated drivers to avoid having legal issues.