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UPDATE: DWI Checkpoints Throughout Morristown Dec. 14

'Drunk Driving Enforcement' program participation set for 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

As if you already didn't have plenty of reasons not to drink and drive, the Morristown Police Department would like to offer one more.

From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, Morristown officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout town as part of the national "Drunk Driving Enforcement" program to stop drunk driving.

Through the use of a grant provided by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, officers will be assigned to roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints in order to identify and arrest motorists who are driving while intoxicated, according to a press release. "The goal is to discourage people from driving impaired," said Lt. Darnell Richardson, traffic safety unit supervisor. "It is also intended to promote awareness and to keep our roadways safe for the citizens of Morristown throughout the holiday season." 

Motorists who are not impaired can expect only short delays while passing through the checkpoint, Richardson continues in the release.

"Motorists are strongly encouraged to adhere to two basic principles when consuming alcohol," Richardson said. "Do not drink and drive and always use a designated driver. Following these simple principles could save your life or the life of someone you love." 

The release goes on to advise anyone to call 9-1-1 and be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel if you believe someone may be driving while intoxicated.

For more information, contact the Morristown Bureau of Police Traffic Safety Unit at 973-292-6692. 

UPDATE: The date was changed per a Morristown Police Department press release from Friday, Dec. 7 to Friday, Dec. 14.

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