The Ventnor City Police Department has announced its plan to use D.W.I. checkpoints in an effort to prevent motorists from driving while intoxicated.
The checkpoint will be funded by DDEF money (Drunk Driving Enforcement Funds), which is money collected by the Municipal Court, as added costs, in addition to fines levied against persons found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Additional funding for the checkpoint has also been made available thru the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Additional officers will be assisting with the checkpoint from allied Atlantic County Police Departments whom have conducted checkpoints throughout the summer under the supervision of the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office.
The checkpoint will be set up in a high visibility area to give the impression of a greater risk, to the intoxicated driver, of being detected, which hopefully will discourage persons from drinking and driving.
Officers who have conducted the checkpoints in previous years have reported that more persons are using designated drivers.
The checkpoints real success will be when no DWI arrests are made during the checkpoints, as the prevention of Drunken Driving is the main goal in conducting DWI checkpoints.
Submitted by Ventnor PD Captain Joe Fussner.