Cinnaminson to Crack Down on Drunken Drivers During Holidays

The police department got a state grant for extra patrols.


This holiday season, Cinnaminson Police will have sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in town as part of the state's "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over" drunken driving enforcement campaign.

Cinnaminson received a $4,400 grant for the campaign for the extra patrols.

"The Drive Sober campaign allows our officers to focus on the roadways for safe vehicular passage," said Cinnaminson's Public Safety Director Michael King. "It is imperative that everyone drives safely to prevent injuries or death at all times including the busy upcoming holiday season."

More than 400 law enforcement agencies in the state are participating in the campaign that runs until Jan. 2, 2013. The grants—which total more than $400,000—is from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers, according to state data. Among those, 71 percent occured when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration.

In 2011, there were 152 fatalities directly attributed to impaired driving in the state, accounting for 24 percent of the 627 total crash fatalities.

In the winter of 2011, the holiday crackdowns resulted in 1,877 driving while intoxicated arrests. In addition, participating police agencies issued 8,345 speeding summonses and 4,420 seat belt summonses, and more than 2,000 fugitives were apprehended during the mobilization.

Cinnaminson Police participated in the Drive Sober campaign earlier this year from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. King reported there were 377 motor vehicle summons issues, 23 fugitive arrests, 2 drug arrests and 7 driving while intoxicated arrests.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety offers the following advice to ensure a safe holiday travel season for those who choose to drink alcohol:

  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night rather than get behind the wheel.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
Karl December 11, 2012 at 06:34 AM
This grant is good news, but I'm with John. I watch cars regularly on Villinger Ave going 50 + in a 25 as they cut through to 130 to avoid the lights and roundabout. This problem has grown in the past couple of years. Maybe it's because we lost almost a third of our police force to layoffs. How can we expect speed enforcement when the police are busy booking shoplifters at Shoprite and Walmart and nabbing fugitives on the river line. We can find grants to buy old gas stations and build sledding hills. How about getting grants for some permanent police officers. To help improve the quality of life on the roads we live on instead of always focusing on Route 130.
Diana December 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I feel the same as Karl but my issue is with Adams Street where the cars use it as a cut through to Route 130 45 to 50 speed is no problem again in a 25 mile an hour speed limit and there are kids that live on this street. Also this street is used for test driving cars by the car dealer at the end of the street - the big problem is that circle and the way Cinnaminson Avenue was poorly configured for traffic!!!!!!
John December 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I used to see the radar sign which told U the speed U were going on the road but I have not seen it anywhere now, maybe they got rid of it b/c of the budget and or no one to read the information to give out tickets.....oh well walk at your own risk....
lonestar January 02, 2013 at 04:17 AM
I dont live in Cinnaminson .. I live on main street in riverton Cinnaminson police come down the Street 75 80 mph... no sirens just lites ( sometimes)...so they are just as guilty as others with their speed
Bull Pitt January 02, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Hey, you can't talk bad about that circle!!!! It's a thing of beauty, and stats show less accidents. LOL!!!! I rarely use it, but I've almost been hit 4 times (one being my fault); seen people enter going the WRONG way; people yield who have the right of way; and people who don't yield when they don't have the right of way. I can hardly wait until they put the one in on Riverton Rd at Parry! That's gonna be fun fun fun.


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