Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 5, 2014 and continuing through January 2, 2015, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them.”
Last year, 22% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunken driving crashes. The societal cost associated with drunken driving crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2014 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
- Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you are 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 or escort you to your doorstep.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
The Fairfield Police Department wishes all a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
Highland Lakes Woman Arrested for Narcotics Possession
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Madison McManus (22) of Highland Lakes, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of a hypodermic syringe on November 22, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:04 PM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed a 2004 Nissan parked in the lot. The officer allegedly recognized the vehicle from a prior arrest that he had made involving narcotics paraphernalia.
A computer check of the vehicle’s registration allegedly revealed that the registered owner (McManus) had active arrest warrants issued by the Fair Lawn and Wayne Municipal Courts. Officer Dean and Officer Christopher Nicholas entered the hotel and walked the common areas. As they were exiting the hotel, they observed the Nissan was moving and they ordered it to stop which it did. At that time, McManus was taken into custody, without incident, for the outstanding warrants.
It is alleged, that while processing her at police headquarters, officers recovered (11) glassine folds containing suspected heroin, (1) small bag containing suspected cocaine and (1) hypodermic syringe. She was eventually turned over to the custody of the Wayne Police Department with a pending court date of December 3, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.
(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)
November Winter Storm Brings Downed Wires and Tree Limbs
Fairfield (NJ) On November 26, 2014, the Fairfield Police Department dealt with several issues associated with the winter storm that passed through the area.
At 12:36 PM, officers responded to the intersection of Kulick and Fairfield Roads on a report of a downed fiber optic telephone line. Kulick Road had to be closed near the intersection of Fairfield Road until Verizon could repair the line. Most traffic was not affected by the closure
At 1:27 PM, officers responded to Cielo, located at 168 Passaic Avenue on a report of a tree limb that broke and fell through the glass roof. No injuries were reported.
At 4:56 PM, a vehicle slid off the road near 346 Horseneck Road and struck a utility pole. There were no injuries reported however Horseneck Road was closed to through traffic between Cole Road and Big Piece Road from the time of the accident until approximately 10:00 PM.
Illegal Massage Parlor Engaging in Prostitution Closed and Two Arrested
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Juan Li (36) of West Orange, N.J. and Taozhu Li (52) of Flushing, N.Y. for promoting and engaging in prostitution on November 14, 2014. On that date, at approximately 1:41 P.M., Fairfield detectives acting on information that they received from a concerned citizen, sent an undercover officer into an unnamed business located at 124 Little Falls Road allegedly engaging in unlicensed massage therapy and prostitution. As a result of the investigation, Fairfield detectives raided the location and made the arrests.
“This business was only operating for a few weeks before it came onto our radar and was closed down” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “This is a quality of life issue for our entire community and I am extremely proud on how swiftly our detectives were able to act” the deputy chief said.
Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of November 20, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Enforcement relating to the operation of a massage parlor in alleged violation of Fairfield local ordinance was referred to the Township’s zoning official. The investigation was carried out by Sergeant Charles Zampino, Detective Robert Sanger, Detective Michael Nyhuis and Officer Christopher Andrews.
(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)