The Montclair Police Department will conduct a DWI checkpoint on Thursday, Dec. 16 as part of its 2021 traffic safety initiative. In addition to the stationary checkpoint, officers will be conducting additional roving enforcement details looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The police department, in an announcement of the checkpoint, did not say where it would take place.

Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes, the Montclair Police Department said in an announcement of the checkpoint. It offers the following advice as alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • 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 intoxicates 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.