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DWI, Traffic Patrols to be Stepped Up for Heights St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Seaside Heights police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Seaside Heights police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Police in a number of local communities will participate in a large-scale traffic detail to crack down on intoxicated driving and other traffic offenses as the Seaside Heights St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets underway Saturday.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will coordinate the effort, which will include police from:

  • Seaside Heights Police Department
  • Seaside Park Police Department
  • Toms River Police Department
  • Lavallette Police Department
  • Brick Police Department
  • Berkeley Township Police Department
  • Mantoloking Police Department
  • Bay Head Police Department
  • Point Pleasant Beach Police Department
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Lakehurst Police Department
  • Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Ocean County Sheriff’s Department
  • NJ State Police Troop “C” Tactical Patrol Unit & D.U.I. Enforcement Patrol

The detail will mainly focus on routes 35 and 37.

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Officers have been instructed to “strictly and aggressively” enforce the DUI statute, as well as other motor vehicle statutes that are common contributory causes of crashes, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. These causes include, but are not limited to, driving while under the influence, aggressive driving, improper/unsafe turning, failing to yield, failing to keep right, improper passing, inattentive driving, disregard of traffic signals, excessive speed, following too closely and various commercial carrier violations such as overweight, equipment maintenance and inadequate brake pressure.

Equipped participating agencies will utilize Automated License Plate Readers.

Approximately six Variable Message Signs will be strategically placed reading: “Traffic Enforcement Detail in Effect” – “Obey All Traffic Laws”.

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