Sheriff’s office, Union City, North Bergen police to operate DWI checkpoints

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With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, several local law enforcement agencies have announced that they will be hosting driving while intoxicated checkpoints in the coming days. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Holidays are a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate. We just want you to do it safely. Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest bar nights of the year,” Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said in a statement.

“If you go out to enjoy the holiday, do not drink and drive. My Officers will be out looking for drunk drivers and you will be arrested if you are over the limit.”

The sheriff added that 29 people are killed daily in alcohol-related crashes, which is why people should take mass transit, a cab service or use a designated driver if they plan on drinking.

Furthermore, the extra sheriff’s office patrols will be funded with money from the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund.

Hudson County residents and commuters should also be aware that, in a joint effort, the North Bergen and Union City Police Departments will operate a DWI checkpoint on Wednesday.

“The North Bergen Police Department & Union City Police Department are dedicated to making our roads and neighborhoods safer. By implementing sobriety checkpoints, we are doing our part to make sure everyone has a safe holiday season,” they said in a joint statement.

They added that drivers who aren’t impaired will only face two to three minute delays while passing through the checkpoint. The exact location of the checkpoint will not be released beforehand, authorities said.

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