Cherry Hill Police conducting sobriety checkpoints this weekend

The checkpoints will be conducted during the late evening hours.

The Cherry Hill Police Department will be conducting motor vehicle sobriety checkpoints during the late evening hours this weekend.

The sobriety checkpoints are designed to make roadways safer by deterring and apprehending intoxicated drivers.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes across the United States in 2014. Of the 556 traffic fatalities in New Jersey in 2014, 201 were killed as a result of alcohol involvement. That number represents 36 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities reported that year, and increase of 10 percent over the previous year.

Residents are asked to follow the following tips:

· If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.

· Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

· Spend the night where the activity is held.

· Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.

· Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

· If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.