From a Lakewood Police Officer’s Diary

lpd suv tlsThe following incident occurred this past weekend: I don’t usually post things that happen at work, but sometimes exceptions are made.

I was driving on Route 9 when I came along side this vehicle at the light. His windows were open and I could hear his conversation. I looked over and saw that he was on his cell phone.

I said to him “nice phone”. He looked over at me and said, thank you, it’s the iPhone 6.

I then heard a female voice ask who he is talking to. He told her that he was talking to me.

At this point I heard her yell at him…”you idiot! He doesn’t care what phone you have, he’s hinting that you shouldn’t be on the phone while driving!”

I was laughing too hard to do anything about it so I drove off.


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  1. Awesome story!

    Can TLS feature stories like this as a “Weekly”?

    Would make an interesting read, while getting the important message across.

  2. On the flip side,I was in court today where a guy was fighting a cell phone ticket. He said he was NOT on thephone. He had his phone records showing he had no activity at that time. The judge didnt even ask to see the records & found him guilty. Stay off the phone, people.

  3. to #5, so if his records show he had no cell phone activity and the judge found him guilty anyway, what does it help him for you to say stay off the phone when you drive?

  4. To command post, what you say is quite scary to law abiding citizens… if he had records to prove he was not on the phone then how can a judge find him guilty?! If proof means nothing then how does a law abiding citizen wrongly accused have any hope of clearing his name?

  5. In New Jersey, you can appeal a guilty verdict within 20 days of receiving the verdict.

    A judge with the NJ Superior Court for your county will read the transcript of your original hearing, as well as view any original legal documents and evidence (typically, new evidence and testimony aren’t allowed) and make a judgment.

    Filing an appeal costs $75 plus the cost of transcription services. Use the How to Appeal a Decision of the Municipal Court (Form CN 10559) packet. It provides exact instructions, fees, and forms to use.

  6. I dont think an appeal will help. The cop can always say maybe he had his wife’s phone or someone elses phone. Or he was using the maps or calculator on the phone. Who knows. But the system is not perfect. Thats for sure.

  7. I drive up route 9 every morning and see LWPD officers texting and reading their texts all the time!
    I am happy that they protect us and ticket texters, but can we ticket the police officers as well?
    If it is about safety they, too should be careful.

  8. #11 sure you can give a policeman a summons.You are not any different then he is if he is doing something wrong. By the wayn eventhough this story might be funny but it is tragic at the same time . I wish tjhey would give out more tickets for talking on the phone then maybe we won’t have so many choilem to daven for rachmono nitzlan.I really think giving out more tickets would stop the oilam from getting into so many accidents13

  9. driving your motor vehicle on a public road WHILE TEXTING is actually driving a driverless car.

    save yourself before you get into a MVA C”V. don’t make yourself learn it the hard way in order for you to know what it feels like & what happens when you text & drive C”V

    go visit a hospital & visit people who hurt themselves from texting and driving, so you can see the results & prevent it from happening to you C”V.

    THOUSANDS of accidents happen every year from texting & driving R”L

  10. @#11, often officers will communicate through their phones because of the number of people around listening to police radios, it is often the only way they can communicate sensitive info without broadcasting it to anyone with a scanner…

  11. I don’t think the story is funny. It is very dumb. Just look around you and you will see so many people on their cell phones. It’s times that tickets were issued. Can’t anyone understand the law??????

  12. Everyone loves a cop with a sense of humor…and I do too!! And I’m happy for the guy that he didn’t get a ticket. But wouldn’t our roads be much safer if law enforcement officers would enforce the law? Cell phones, speeding, no blinkers, yielding right of way…

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