Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Illinois resident pulled over after stopping his vehicle in middle of highway intersection, police said.
An Illinois man who stopped his vehicle in the middle of a Route 46 intersection early Saturday morning was found in possession of heroin, Parsippany Police said. Steve Norbury, 46, was charged with driving under the influence, possession of two small bags of heroin and possession of several hypodermic needles, according to a police statement. Patrolman Earl Kinsey, a spokesman for the police department, said Officer Jason Lubeck conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 46 eastbound near the South Beverwyck Park and Ride at about 4:15 a.m. According to Kinsey, the vehicle had driven through a red traffic signal and instead came to a stop in the middle of the intersection at Route 46 and South Beverwyck Road. When the light turned green, …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Vernon man charged with DUI, careless driving in incident on West Hanover Avenue near Shongum Road.
A Vernon man was drunk when he caused a four-car chain reaction accident Wednesday afternoon on West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany Police said. Gary Geiger, 46, was charged with DUI and careless driving in the crash on West Hanover Avenue near Shongum Road Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m. Geiger's vehicle failed to stop when vehicles in front of him slowed down and he struck the vehicle in front of him, according to Officer Earl Kinsey, a spokesman for the police department. "That vehicle struck the car in front of it, which in turn struck the fourth vehicle that was involved," according to the release. Kinsey said no one needed to be hospitalized. Geiger was released pending a court appearance.
Passaic County man charged with DUI in Mount Tabor incident.
A Passaic County man was drunk early Saturday morning when he drove off the road and hit an embankment after avoiding a deer in the area of Tabor Road and Circle Drive, Parsippany Police said. David Reilly, 30, of Haskell, was charged with DUI in the single-vehicle crash in Mount Tabor. Reilly was driving in the area of Tabor Road and Circle Drive when a deer apparently jumped in front of his vehicle shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to Officer Earl Kinsey, a spokesman for the Parsippany Police Department. Reilly told police by avoiding the animal, his vehicle left the roadway and crashed his into an embankment, Kinsey said. Reilly was released pending a court appearance.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The national anti-drunk driving program ran from August through Labor Day.
Last month, Parsippany Police warned motorists: Drive sober or get pulled over. Some drivers apparently did not take the hint. Police report six drivers were arrested last Friday at a Route 46 sobriety checkpoint that was part of the annual national summertime drunk driving awareness campaign that ended Sept. 3. The checkpoint started operations at 8:00 p.m. Friday night and concluded seven hours later, police said. Officers from the PPD, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Andover Police Department staffed the sobriety checkpoint, police said. Drivers were stopped at random, police explained. Officers who staffed the checkpoint stopped every fourth vehicle and directed them to a testing area where other officers checked their …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The police found her car crashed with the airbags deployed, but the driver had fled the scene.
A Dover woman was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 287, crashed her vehicle in Parsippany and fled the scene before being apprehended early Sunday morning, State Police said. Natasha Salazar, 19, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to report an accident, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, obstructing the passage of other motor vehicles, willful abandonment and other lesser motor vehicle offenses, according to State Trooper Christopher Kay, of the Netcong barracks. According to Kay, troopers received a call after midnight that a car was traveling north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 287. The troopers found the car …
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The summer crackdown is part of the statewide "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign.
The Parsippany Police Department is on the lookout for people drinking and driving during late summer. From Aug. 19 through Sept. 5, local and state law enforcement team up for the 2011 “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign. The effort includes saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. It's part of a concentrated national effort that seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Expect to see stepped-up enforcement and posters, banners and mobile video display signs. This is the 12th year for the campaign, which works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the summer months. “Many people believe that after a few drinks, they’re safe to drive,” said the Division of Highway…