by Al DellaFave, OCPO
TOMS RIVER-Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced elements of his Traffic Safety/Enforcement Initiative would team up again to remind drivers to drive responsibly. The detail will begin on Friday (7/20), with targeted enforcement on July 20th and Wednesday (8/1).
The efforts of the partnership will focus this time on seven (7) municipal jurisdictions traversing Highway Route 70 in Ocean and Monmouth County from Brielle Borough (Monmouth County) traversing Brick Township, Lakewood Township, Toms River Township, Manchester Township and Lakehurst Borough.in Lakewood Township. The initiative is resulting from the numerous serious motor vehicle accidents that have occurred on this highway. Over 2016 there were 548 motor vehicle crashes on SH 70 including 10% of the fatal crashes within Ocean County. In 2017 the percentage of fatalities attributed to SH 70 rose to 19%.
This safety action will be addressed through three (3) critical components; engineering, education and enforcement. This is a multi-jurisdictional effort supported by the Chiefs of Police and supervisors from the following jurisdictions:
Brick Police Department
Brielle Police Department
Lakehurst Police Department
Lakewood Police Department
Manchester Police Department
Toms River Police Department
Wall Township Police Department
Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
NJ State Police Troop “C” – Tactical Patrol Unit
NJ State Police – D.U.I. Enforcement Patrol
Ocean County Road Department
Ocean County Engineering Department
Prosecutor Coronato stated, “The Policing Partnership details have managed to raise significant awareness among the motoring public regarding roadway safety issues, but more important it has led to coordinated efforts by Ocean County Law Enforcement to take important steps toward making commuting local roadways safer. The partnership logistics and plans having been worked out for our prior enforcement efforts on CR539, CR528, Routes 35 and 37 insures the coordinated enforcement element can be quickly reinstituted to address any reports of increased accidents and dangerous driving behaviors.”
This enforcement initiative will bring strict and aggressive traffic enforcement of the various moving and equipment violations that are contributory causes to crashes. These causes include, but are not limited to, Driving While Under the Influence, aggressive drivers, improper turning, failing to yield, failing to keep right, improper passing, inattentive driving, disregard of traffic signal, excessive speed, following too close, pedestrian violations and various commercial carrier violations such as overweight, equipment maintenance and brake pressure.
The participating agencies will also utilize Automated License Plate Reader to identify those operating illegally. Variable Message Signs will be strategically placed no later than July 17th and will read “Traffic Enforcement Detail in Effect” – “Obey All Traffic Laws”. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office personnel assigned to the detail will utilize unmarked police vehicles.
We continue to ask the motoring public to police themselves by simply driving responsibly.