Police arrest seven in Rt. 322 DWI checkpoint

Glassboro Police Department, Rowan Public Safety and the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office set up a joint-DWI traffic checkpoint on April 4 on Rt. 322 that resulted in the arrests of seven individuals, according to a press release.

The joint operation is one of many safety efforts that has occurred since the beginning of the school year to improve pedestrian protection.

According to the press release, the objective is an attempt to “educate the public on the hazards of driving while intoxicated” and to “improve highway safety by proactively addressing DWI violations.” The four-hour-long operation that began at 11 p.m. was funded by the New Jersey State Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund, according to the press release.

In addition to the vehicular traffic check point, DWI roving patrols were active within the borough in various areas, according to police. Of the numerous violations that were documented by police, a total of four individuals were arrested for driving while intoxicated.

When the operation concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning at approximately 3 a.m., police issued 55 motor vehicle summonses that were for various violations. Three individuals were arrested for alleged narcotics offenses, outstanding warrants and disorderly conduct, respectively. Seven people were issued borough ordinances for alleged open containers of alcohol and 14 written warnings were given out for non-moving violations, according to police.

The press releases states that “these types of traffic safety operations will continue throughout the Borough of Glassboro to provide both the motoring public and pedestrian’s safe passage through the jurisdiction.”

Nearly a year after the death of Rowan student Matthew Uhl in a drunk driving incident, the operation served as a reminder to the community that driving while intoxicated is a serious crime.

Junior journalism major Samantha Rizzo still thinks about her friend Uhl and fully supports the efforts of the police cracking down.

“It upsets me to think that people are still drinking and driving after such a tragic accident, and I think Glassboro police should be doing everything they can to stop something like this ever happening again,” Rizzo said. “By drinking and driving you are risking the chance of hurting someone or yourself.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites that more than 10,000 people in the U.S. died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012, one casualty every 51 minutes.

“Matt [Uhl]’s accident is still fresh in many people’s minds, and no one should have to go through what his family and friends are dealing with one year later,” Rizzo said.

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