Police departments statewide, including many in South Jersey, will ramp up DUI checkpoints and roving patrols this week in advance of the Labor Day holiday.

Increased enforcement, funded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program, begins Friday and will continue through Sept. 2.

According to the state Attorney General's Office, 156 police agencies will receive $4,400 each to set up random checkpoints. In total, the state has awarded more than $686,000.

During the last statewide crackdown, which took place about last Christmas, police reported 1,555 drunken driving arrests; more than 5,000 speeding citations; and more than 3,000 seat belt arrests.

Local agencies that will be participating in this year’s patrols include: Absecon, Avalon, Barnegat, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hamil-ton Township, Hammon-ton, Lower Township, Middle Township, Millville, Northfield, Ocean City, Somers Point, Vineland and the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office.

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