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The Law

Any person who operates, or permits another person to operate, a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10% or more, is subject to the following penalties:
First Offense
Mandatory, $250-$400 fine plus six months to one-year license suspension, plus optional imprisonment of up to 30 days
Second Offense
Mandatory, $500-$1,000 fine plus 30 days community service, plus two-year license suspension, plus optional imprisonment of up to 90 days
Third Offense
Mandatory, $1,000 fine plus 10-year license suspension, plus 180 days imprisonment
Even if a person is not considered intoxicated, under the law the mere "possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle" provides for the following penalties:
First Offense
Mandatory, $200 fine
Second Offense
Mandatory, $250 fine plus up to 10 days community service
Other alcohol and drug-related offenses:
  • Possession of illegal drugs in a motor vehicle: Fine of not less than $50 plus two-year suspension of driverís license
  • Serving alcoholic beverage to minors (2C:33-17): Anyone other than an adult relative who offers, or serves, or makes available, an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21 is guilty of a Disorderly Persons Offense, and subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months imprisonment. This section does not apply to any religious observance, ceremony, or rite.


Parentsí responsibility for teenage drinking:
  • Do not allow teenage drinking or drug use in your home, or on your property
  • When you are away, take necessary steps to prevent your home from being used for illegal drinking or drug use.
Be a responsible host. When you invite others to your home, you have a responsibility for their safety. If you serve alcoholic beverages to your guests, what can you do to keep things from getting out of hand? Here are a few suggestions:
  • Donít hesitate to suggest to a guest who will be driving that he/she should be careful about drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Limit the amount of alcohol served
  • Also offer non-alcoholic beverages
  • Have food or snacks available. Food slows the absorption of alcohol
  • Donít encourage others to drink alcohol
  • If a guest has had too much to drink, by all means, do not allow him/her to drive. Make other arrangements for your guest to get home safely
The police in our communities are vigilant, and well trained in the enforcement of drugged/drinking and driving laws. In Rochelle Park there is a high conviction rate for arrested drunk drivers. The safest rule to follow is, IF YOU DRIVE, DONíT DRINK and IF YOU DRINK, DONíT DRIVE.

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