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Wrong-way Wall Township driver faces DUI charges

Wrong-way car accidents are among the most common and deadly hazards on our nation's highways today. People involved in wrong-way collisions are less likely to survive this type of accident than almost any other, which is why police officers are cracking down on violators. Most people who are accused of these violations are either confused elderly drivers or drivers suspected of DUI, according to expert reports.

A recent incident involving a man from Colonia demonstrates the ease with which drivers can be confused when driving late at night.

A 25-year-old man in Wall Township has been arrested for driving the wrong way on Route 34, said authorities. The man was driving south in the northbound lanes of the road when he was apprehended. The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to reports, when officers stopped the man on suspicion of DUI.

The man also faces a slew of other driving violations, including reckless driving, driving against the flow of traffic and failing to observe traffic signals. He also failed to maintain safe lane position and did not use his turn signal. The man's registration was also expired.

Media reports have not indicated what the man's blood alcohol content might have been at the time of the arrest. Authorities are required to perform breathalyzer or blood tests soon after a DUI suspect has been arrested to obtain an accurate assessment. If officers fail to collect blood alcohol information quickly, the DUI case may be dismissed altogether because of insufficient evidence.

It is not clear whether the man in this case is a multiple-time DUI suspect. If he has previous DUI convictions, he faces a higher likelihood of receiving an ignition interlock if convicted on these charges. Ignition interlocks prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated by testing breath samples before the vehicle is started. If the man is a first-time offender, he may only be required to pay a fine and endure a suspended license for several months.

Source: Asbury Park Press, "Wrong way, wrong time, no sobriety: DWI arrest in Wall," Margaret F. Bonafide, Jan. 1, 2013.

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