Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles Requests Continued Police Crackdown on Driving

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles today requested that the Lakewood Police Department continue their enhanced driving crackdown.

The announcement was made in an Ask The Mayor response:

Dear Mayor Coles,

As a citizen of Lakewood who witnesses accidents daily, I would like to know why arent there more cops on the roads to pull over drivers on their cell phones.

Drivers are so confident that they won’t get pulled that they don’t even try to hide their phones, and they hold them out in the open.

Please do something before someone gets killed.

Thank you


Response from Mayor Coles:

Good afternoon,

I have asked the chief to continue the enhanced enforcement policy he instituted earlier this year.

Thanks for writing.


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  1. There is a lot more than cell phones. Running red lights, speeding. People have to learn to dip their bright lights against oncoming traffic. Honking while the car in front of you is waiting for the pedestrian crossing the street. People do not use the blinkers at all or properly. Stoping to pick up or drop off hitch hikers in an area that they can’t pull over and obstruct traffic.

    • Let us define “Mega Askan”.
      It is pretty obvious to me that you are a person, similar to Hatzala, Chaveirim and Bikur Cholim. You are the guy that smack in the middle of supper, your radio starts getting a message that someone is missing and we are mobilizing a team to look for this person and you quickly run out of the house and you try your best over many hours to help locate the missing person and of course there are many many more examples how beautiful organizations are helping out everyone.
      You do not have to worry about tickets. Hashem will make sure that all the Mega Askanim do not get tickets.

  2. For the folks who encourage the government to give people tickets and cause heavy financial loses to people already have a hard time making ends meet, we don’t envy your Gan eiden

    If you really cared you would find better ways to encourage people to stop talking on their phones while driving etc….

    • You could do anything necessary to stop a rotzayach.
      Driving through a red light or distracted driving is putting other people in a makom sakkona. Period.

    • Financial loss? Thats misplaced sympathy if there ever was one. If someone is disobeying laws that are designed to keep people alive, they should be stopped! Financial loss? What about loss of life? Get your priorities straight. If anything, speeding 20 miles over the speed limit or blowing through stop signs or other unsafe driving should be fined even more money. So there, I hope you should never need to encounter the losses that come from unsafe driving.

  3. If a distracted driver kills someone, it’s vehicular manslaughter and the driver is a rotzayach and they should face the most extreme punishment that the law allows, including jail time. I don’t care what religion they belong to.
    With cell phone tickets where the driver was holding the phone, all fines should be doubled (in my opinion) if the car has Bluetooth capabilities because then the driver is reckless AND stupid. Connect the phone to the car via Bluetooth, have your conversation, pay attention to the road and drive with 2 hands.
    Also, almost all phones now have decent speakerphone capabilities. Get a phone mount for the car, use speakerphone and don’t hold the phone. It is unnecessary and stupid.
    I admit that I am tempted to pick up my phone when driving but I don’t. I use hands-free technology.

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