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Sea Isle City checkpoint catches three drunk drivers, police say

Sea Isle City checkpoint catches three drunk drivers, police say

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SEA ISLE CITY - A checkpoint set up over the weekend to track down drunk drivers resulted in three arrests and 72 violations.

On Saturday, police officers in Sea Isle City set up a checkpoint at the 200 block of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, checking every third car leaving the city between 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

"This was the first checkpoint (in Sea Isle City) since the early nineties," said Lt. Kirk Rohrer.

Rohrer explained the reason for the length of time between checkpoints like this was that Sea Isle City was waiting for grants from the state to fund such an event.

The checkpoint employed 18 officers from the city's police department as well as four additional officers from the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.

Two drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence, according to Rohrer. One other arrest was issued as well as 72 summonses for instances unrelated to drunk driving.

These included everything from broken tail lights and items hanging from rear view mirrors to outdated registration.

"These types of violations are common when you pull over this many people at a checkpoint," Rohrer said.

Rohrer said the city would like to try another checkpoint, but they probably would not conduct one before next summer.

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