LINDEN—The Linden Police Department is hailing the recently-concluded “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” anti-drunk driving enforcement holiday campaign as a success.
“We had a good campaign,” said Sgt. Michael Babulski, commander of the police department’s traffic bureau.
During the crackdown period, which started on Dec. 7, 2009 and ended Jan. 3, police made 17 DWI arrests, and issued a total of 294 tickets. The number of DWI arrests was up by seven from last year’s crackdown.
DWI enforcement officers also stopped a vehicle where the driver was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles) and unlawful possession of a loaded handgun.
During the 2008-2009 holiday campaign, the department had written 279 tickets and had 10 DWI arrests during the same time period, Sgt. Babulski said. He credited the increase in DWI arrests to utilizing more unmarked vehicles than in previous campaigns.
Total DWI arrests for the year went up nine percent in 2009. There were 109 arrests in 2008 compared to 119 in 2009.
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