6 arrested in drunk driving campaign

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KEYPORT — The borough Police Department made six drunk driving arrests, and four others, during a two-week enforcement campaign called, “Drive Sober, Get Pulled Over.”

The five-officer campaign resulted in 144 traffic stops and issued 96 summons, said Councilwoman Sophia Lamberson, the police commission chairwoman.

Police also issued tickets for the following:

  • Two for driving without a seat belt,
  • Five for speeding,
  • One for using a cell phone while driving,
  • Two for driving with a suspended license,
  • Six for reckless driving,
  • Eight for careless driving and
  • 66 other tickets.

The two week campaign began Aug. 21 and ended Sept. 7, and it coincided with a Sept. 4 Monmouth County drunk driving task force checkpoint on Route 36. That late night checkpoint led to one drunk driving arrest and one drug possession arrest, said Police Chief George Casaletto.

Nearly 10,000 people die in traffic accidents involving a drunk driver, according to Drive Sober campaign figures. To put that in perspective, the estimated combined population for Keyport and Union Beach is about 12,000.  

So far, about 10 percent of the traffic accidents in Keyport have involved a drunk driver: 21 out of 215, Casaletto said earlier this month.