Local Police to Crack Down on Distracted and Impaired Drivers

Officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office will be keeping an eye out for distracted and impaired drivers along Route 528 and Route 539 in order to provide a safer traveling environment for motorists and pedestrians.

“Our sheriff’s officers along with police departments in 11 municipalities in Ocean County are part of an ongoing traffic enforcement detail that will help reduce the number of serious motor vehicle crashes along these roadways,” said Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn, who is liaison to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. “Safety on our roadways has always been a concern and we want our motorists and pedestrians to know that our Sheriff’s officers and their local police are making a concerted effort to make sure our motorists safely get to their destinations.”

As part of the detail, officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Barnegat Township Police Department, Brick Township Police Department, Jackson Township Police Department, Lacey Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department, Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Manchester Township Police Department, Mantoloking Police Department, Plumsted Township Police Department, Stafford Township Police Department, and Tuckerton Police Department will have extra patrols on the road looking for signs of impaired or erratic driving.

“We work to support our local police departments in their ongoing efforts to protect the public,” said Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy. “As warm weather approaches, the volume of traffic on our roads increases as do accidents. We want to stop those drivers that shouldn’t be behind the wheel because they are impaired, distracted or any number of reasons that create a hazard on our roadways.”

The roads that are part of the detail are chosen based on accident statistics.

The extra patrols will continue until the end of September.

The detail is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

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