New Year's In NJ: Slick Roads, DWI Patrols In 112 Towns Possible

Tom Davis
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NEW JERSEY – New Jersey drivers should beware: Wintry weather will make for slick driving in parts of the Garden State for New Year's weekend. And highways and local roadways will have a heavy police presence as New Jersey continues its statewide clampdown on drunken driving through New Year's Day (see list of towns below).

Either way, Gov. Phil Murphy has advised New Jersey residents to stay off the roads and stay home as the second wave of the coronavirus continues to have an impact on the state. Holiday gatherings have contributed to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and deaths over the past month. Read more: COVID Bills Signed Into Law As NJ Death Toll Hits 7-Month High

"Let’s celebrate the end of 2020 responsibly so we can all celebrate the days to come," he said.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook in five counties, saying some sleet and freezing rain is in the Friday afternoon forecast before the weather changes to all rain.

Other areas of the state will also have moderate-to-heavy rain. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent on Friday afternoon, and a 10th to a quarter-of-an-inch is possible.

The chance of precipitation on Friday night is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts are expected to be between a half- and three-quarters-of-an-inch.

The extent of freezing rain will depend on how quickly the precipitation arrives and how fast the surface temperatures increase, according to the NWS.

Here are the alerted areas:

Law enforcement officials throughout New Jersey, meanwhile, are cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end-of-year "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign.

Local and state law enforcement officials will be patrolling New Jersey roads looking for drunk and impaired drivers as part of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign on Thursday and Friday.

“This has been a year of tremendous loss for New Jersey residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all feeling especially grateful for the loved ones with us this holiday season,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Help ensure that everyone can safely celebrate this year by driving sober and unimpaired. Drunk driving crashes are tragic and preventable. We are stepping up patrols and enforcement to keep New Jersey roadways safe for all who use them this holiday season.”

Last year, the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over "holiday campaign resulted in 1,380 DWI arrests – involving alcohol and/or drugs – statewide; and participating police agencies issued 4,960 and 2,023 speeding and seat belt summonses, respectively, officials said.

Here are the towns and the amount of state money awarded to them for patrols:

  • Absecon, Atlantic $6,000

  • Atlantic City, Atlantic $9,000

  • Brigantine, Atlantic $2,400

  • Egg Harbor City, Atlantic $3,000

  • Galloway, Atlantic $8,400

  • Hamilton Township, Atlantic $7,200

  • Hammonton, Atlantic $2,400

  • Mullica, Atlantic $6,000

  • Northfield, Atlantic $6,000

  • Pleasantville, Atlantic $6,000

  • Elmwood Park, Bergen $6,000

  • Fairview, Bergen $6,000

  • Fort Lee, Bergen $6,000

  • Garfield, Bergen $6,000

  • Hackensack, Bergen $6,000

  • Leonia, Bergen $6,000

  • Lodi, Bergen $6,000

  • Maywood, Bergen $6,000

  • New Milford, Bergen $6,000

  • Oradell, Bergen $6,000

  • Palisades Park, Bergen $6,000

  • Paramus, Bergen $6,000

  • Teaneck, Bergen $6,000

  • Cinnaminson, Burlington $6,000

  • Evesham, Burlington $7,200

  • Mount Laurel, Burlington $6,000

  • Pemberton, Burlington $6,000

  • Riverside, Burlington $6,000

  • Barrington, Camden $6,000

  • Gloucester Township, Camden $6,000

  • Pennsauken, Camden $6,000

  • Pine Hill, Camden $6,000

  • Stratford, Camden $6,000

  • Winslow, Camden $6,000

  • Lower Township, Cape May $6,000

  • Millville, Cumberland $7,200

  • Vineland, Cumberland $9,000

  • Belleville, Essex $6,000

  • Bloomfield, Essex $7,200

  • East Orange, Essex $7,200

  • Newark, Essex $12,000

  • Nutley, Essex $6,000

  • Monroe, Gloucester $6,000

  • Mantua, Gloucester $3,840

  • Paulsboro, Gloucester $2,400

  • Pitman, Gloucester $2,400

  • Washington Township, Gloucester $8,400

  • Westville, Gloucester $3,600

  • Woodbury, Gloucester $3,600

  • Bayonne, Hudson $6,000

  • Hoboken, Hudson $6,000

  • North Bergen, Hudson $7,200

  • Union City, Hudson $7,200

  • Clinton Township, Hunterdon $6,000

  • Franklin Township, Hunterdon $1,920

  • Frenchtown, Hunterdon $1,920

  • Lebanon, Hunterdon $2,400

  • Raritan Township, Hunterdon $1,500

  • Tewksbury, Hunterdon $1,920

  • East Windsor, Mercer $6,000

  • Ewing, Mercer $6,000

  • Hamilton Township, Mercer $8,400

  • Dunellen, Middlesex $6,000

  • East Brunswick, Middlesex $7,200

  • Edison, Middlesex $7,200

  • Metuchen, Middlesex $6,000

  • Monroe, Middlesex $6,000

  • North Brunswick, Middlesex $6,000

  • Old Bridge, Middlesex $8,400

  • Sayreville, Middlesex $7,200

  • South Brunswick, Middlesex $6,000

  • Allentown, Monmouth $6,000

  • Brielle, Monmouth $6,000

  • Englishtown, Monmouth $6,000

  • Red Bank, Monmouth $6,000

  • Chester Township, Morris $6,000

  • Hanover, Morris $6,000

  • Jefferson, Morris $6,000

  • Morristown, Morris $6,000

  • Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris $6,000

  • Rockaway Township, Morris $6,000

  • Barnegat, Ocean $6,000

  • Berkeley, Ocean $6,000

  • Brick, Ocean $9,000

  • Jackson, Ocean $7,200

  • Lacey, Ocean $6,000

  • Mantoloking, Ocean $6,000

  • Ocean Gate, Ocean $6,000

  • Ocean Township, Ocean $6,000

  • Point Pleasant Boro, Ocean $6,000

  • Seaside Heights, Ocean $6,000

  • Stafford Township, Ocean $6,000

  • Hawthorne, Passaic $6,000

  • Little Falls, Passaic $6,000

  • Passaic, Passaic $9,000

  • Paterson, Passaic $9,000

  • Pompton Lakes, Passaic $6,000

  • Woodland Park, Passaic $6,000

  • Bernardsville, Somerset $1,800

  • Branchburg, Somerset $1,920

  • Far Hills, Somerset $1,920

  • Franklin Township, Somerset $3,000

  • Hillsborough, Somerset $1,920

  • Manville, Somerset $2,880

  • South Bound Brook, Somerset $1,920

  • Warren, Somerset $2,880

  • Linden, Union $8,400

  • Plainfield, Union $7,200

  • Roselle, Union $6,000

  • Summit, Union $6,000

  • Franklin, Sussex $6,000

  • Hopatcong, Sussex $6,000


This article originally appeared on the Manasquan-Belmar Patch