Sobriety checkpoint to be set up in Cherry Hill this weekend

The checkpoint will be in place on Saturday during the late evening hours.

The Cherry Hill Police Department will conduct a motor vehicle sobriety checkpoint this week. The checkpoint will be set up on Saturday, Aug. 25 during the late evening hours.

During various times throughout the year, the Cherry Hill Police Department
conducts these checkpoints. They are designed to make roadways safer by deterring and apprehending intoxicated drivers. High-visibility enforcement and media attention have made checkpoints an effective tool in removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,497 people were killed in 9,477 alcohol-related crashes across the United States in 2016. Of the 607 traffic fatalities in New Jersey in 2016, 137 were killed as a result of alcohol involvement. That number represents 22 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities reported that year, and increase of almost 27 percent over the previous year.

Law enforcement officers from Cherry Hill Township offer the following advice:
 — 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.