New Jersey DWI In A School Zone
The state of New Jersey has enhanced penalties for DWI violations that occur in a school zone. Under New Jersey law, a school zone is:
- Any property owned by or leased to an elementary school, secondary school or school board that is used for school purposes
- A radius of 1,000 feet from school property
- A designated school crossing
- A school crossing that is not designated but that children or minors are using at the time of a violation
The wide 1,000-foot range included in this definition means that school zones are expansive. For example, school zones may also include athletic fields, which may be far from the main campus; however, since they are owned by the school, the fields and the 1,000-foot areas surrounding them fall under this definition.
Penalties for School Zone DWI
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated in a school zone, the penalties may include the following:
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