"Drunk drivers do need to be taken of our roads to make them safe
for everyone. However, why hasn't the NJ legislature amended the
statutes to put the drunk in jail? It's still just a traffic violation
and NOT AN ARREST! "
It is an arrest. Convictions
are 99% and very serious for sure but I agree with the post a few
rows down who says that the numbers are not correct as they include
anyone at the scene, passengers, pedestrians, etc. There is not a
person killed by a DD every 45 minutes in the USA.
However DWI is a very serious and costly offense as it should be for
people who are really drunk and driving!
As a mother and the wife of a police officer I am all for DWI arrests.
Anyone who belittles a DWI arrest only has to read the above once to
remember the innocent victims.
It is a good arrest. I made 45 in one year. I hope out of those 45, I
like to think I saved at least ONE life. I still cant believe that with
today's knowledge about the dangers and penalties for 39:4-50, people
still do it EVERYDAY. I encourage all officers to step up DWI
Sure.......let's stop the "war" on drugs & legalize weed and other
drugs....I wonder what the highways & byways will look like then !!
I have to disagree with a line from the article above, that states
that 13,000 people have lost their lives from alcohol related crashes.
It's deceiving & only means that "someone" in the car had been drinking
some amount at the time of the crash or that maybe even a person on a
bike was drinking and was hit by a car, etc. These examples would be
considered in that equation. I think that to get highway funding
our States brought down the Bac to .08 under duress and to many social
drinkers, not the "real drunks" drunks that MADD intended to punish and
get off our roads way back when.
Anyway, I am all for "Drunk Drivers" getting off our roads but we need
to be more responsible when making arrests when many people including
many Officers drink & drive all the time in this country because it is
still legal to do so either ban alcohol or stop lowering the BAC so low
that most people who drink & drive will get a 1st time DWI arrest sooner
Drunk drivers do need to be taken of our roads to make them safe for
everyone. However, why hasn't the NJ legislature amended the
statutes to put the drunk in jail? It's still just a traffic
violation and NOT AN ARREST!
I'm very passionate about arresting DUI drivers. I strive on my
DUI arrests. It's something I enjoy, and at the same time it's a
benefit to society. As of 8/22/09 I have made 104 DUI arrest for
2009. That number is still climbing, they just never learn.
[NJLawman.com Response: 104 in eight months is unbelievable. Nice
Prior to becoming a police officer, I worked EMS for many years.
Needless to say, I saw many people seriously hurt and killed by drunk
drivers. Once I became a police officer, I always enjoyed making
DWI arrests and actually received a lot of criticism early in my career
for making “too many” of them, along with arresting certain people with
“connections.” Many years later, I still enjoy getting them off
the road, though I have much less time to hunt them down after making
Many officers will say “He only blew
an .08,” eluding to lower BAC’s equating to chicken-s**t arrests.
I always have and always will disagree; knowing that it sometimes takes
a respectable amount of alcohol to get someone to that limit. I
have personally participated in controlled drinking exercises, and when
I was at a .07%, I know that I would not have even thought about
operating a vehicle. Or, perhaps this just makes me a cheap date.
DWI enforcement is also becoming
complicated. Trying to find a working alcotest anymore is very
frustrating, not to mention the rules that came from the Chun decision.
And blood cases are not much better, especially when we have to try to
subpoena the person who drew the samples, AND the lab tech that analyzed
them for trial. I think we have all grown used to “John’s Law,”
along with the last drink questionnaire and the AG directive about
undocumented immigrants being charged with DWI.
It would be nice if the AG’s office
authorized the use of portable breath test instruments. I think
this would help many officers get more “per-se” violators off the roads.
Bottom line: As a supervisor,
ANY arrest is a good arrest, so long as it was done safely, legally, and
constitutionally. Though DWI is only a traffic violation here,
it’s still a great grab in my book.
To those who like to lock up drunk
drivers, happy hunting!!!
I understand how an officer in a very
busy town or area would not want to get tied up with a DWI arrest.
But I don't work for one of those towns or areas. If I am working
and things are slow I stop cars and look for drunks. You're not
drunk, warning for careless driving, have a good night. If you are
drunk, you're coming with me, maybe I saved that persons or someone
Anything with a 39 in front of it is