On Friday night, Hazlet Township Police, in conjunction with the Monmouth County DWI Task Force, will stop every vehicle traveling on Route 36 South near Holy Family Elementary school in an effort to weed out drunk drivers.
The hours of the checkpoint will be from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
According to Hazlet Police Lt. Al Lynch, this is the first time in 15 years the department is running a DWI checkpoint. "We applied for, and got a $4,000 grant to pay for the officers' overtime," said Lynch. Nine Hazlet officers and three Task Force officers will staff the checkpoint in the parking lot of the now-closed Holy Family Elementary School, between Poole and Union Aves.
"We'll pull vehicles into the lot, and basically give them a little education about DWI, hand them a flyer, screen them and send them on their way," said Lynch. He said there was not particular reason August 17 was chosen.
Under state regulations, a police department has to run a checkpoint in a systematic, fair manner, and inform the public in advance. Lynch said the Hazlet PD chose to pull over every driver. Other police departments may choose to pull aside every 10 cars; or stop every other car.