Hazlet PD Running DWI Checkpoint on Rt. 36 Late Friday Night

Nine officers will man the DWI checkpoint at the Holy Family parking lot, between Poole and Union Avenues.

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. 

Tom August 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Hope they're able to put some drunk drivers out of commission. Is hazlet PD going to check on some of their own while they're at it?
robert maldonado August 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Im glad they do this.. i dont want any of my friends or family to be hurt or killed by stupid drunk driver ..selfish people drunk drivers are
danny August 16, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Hey jimmy if you have your children out at. 11pm you have some issues.
Timber August 16, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Suspicion-less checkpoint to "reasonably" ask you to confess to a crime.
Jimmy August 18, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Danny , everyone I know and they know includeing your family has had there kid out past 11Pm before on a Holiday or special occasion etc, so dont come on here and tell B.S stories just to say something.


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