Page 10 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • August 12, 2009 Franklin Lakes Police participate in statewide DWI crackdown by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Police Department will be participating in a statewide crackdown on drunk driving by increasing enforcement in the borough from Aug. 21 through Sept. 7. Mayor Maura DeNicola and the borough council recently passed a resolution in support of the 2009 program, “Drunk Driving: Over The Limit Under Arrest.” The resolution states that impaired drivers on the nation’s roads kill someone every 30 minutes, and 50 people per day, totaling almost18,000 people each year. In addition, 26 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related, and the enforcement crackdown will help to combat impaired driving in the borough. According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the end of summer and the December holiday seasons are two of the deadliest times of the year due to impaired drivers. NJDHTS has asked law enforcement agencies throughout the state to participate in the crackdown so an increase in enforcement will reduce impaired driving and save lives. Thousands of traffic safety enforcement agencies in all 50 states are expected to join forces to protect citizens from this deadly crime. The key to deterring impaired driving is highly visible enforcement, according to the NJDHTS. The highway traffic safety division emphasized that prevention and not arrest is the goal of the campaign, however, and believes that drivers must perceive that the risk of being caught is too high before their behavior will change. The NJHTS hopes that the use the Drunk Driving: Over the Limit Under Arrest message will convince audiences that the chance of being caught is too high to risk. It emphasizes that the message works and has already influenced thousands of American citizens not to drink and drive. small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgment, vision and alertness. If a person consumes any amount of alcohol and his or her driving is affected, that person can be convicted of drunk driving. A parent or guardian who is convicted of DWI and who has a minor under age 17 as a passenger in the motor vehicle is also guilty of a disorderly person offense. In addition to the penalties otherwise prescribed by law, that parent or guardian must forfeit the right to operate a motor vehicle for a period of not more than six months and will be ordered to perform community service for a period of not more than five days. 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On the first offense, if the BAC is between 0.08 and 0.10, there is a $250 to $400 fine and possible imprisonment up to 30 days plus a three month loss of driver’s license, mandatory counseling, and an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 for three years. If the BAC is 0.10 or higher, the fine is increased to $300 to $500, and the license suspension is increased to seven to 12 months in addition to the other penalties. The penalties are increased if the drunk driving occurred within a school zone or a school crosswalk, and all levels of penalties are subject to hundreds of dollars in other surcharges. On the second offense, penalties include a fine between $500 and $1,000, imprisonment of at least 48 hours and up to 90 days, and a two year loss of license. Penalties for a third offense include a fine of $1,000, imprisonment of 180 days, detainment in an in-patient alcoholism treatment program, and an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,500 a year for three years. 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