Letter: Let Police Do Their Jobs

This morning in Shul after Davening, I overheard shmoozing, when one of those involved was talking about the recent ticket crackdown in Lakewood and a ticket he got for being on his cellphone.

His comment went something like “I wish the police wouldn’t be so bored and instead focus on real crime.”

I didn’t say anything at the moment, but it bothered me too much not to say anything now.

What I should have said to him was, maybe if the town didn’t keep the police so busy with dumb accidents, there wouldn’t be a crackdown and the police could actually spend more time fighting crime!

I agree police should focus a lot on crime (like home and car burglaries etc), but we also need to let police do their jobs instead of them responding to another accident every 20 minutes (okay maybe that’s a bit exaggerated, but you get the point).

Just my two cents.

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  1. I agree. The speeding and use of cell phones is so dangerous! #1 cause of accidents in Lakewood.
    Slow down! Obey the posted speed limits!
    Get off the cell phone!

  2. Can we stop blaming Lakewood accidents on reckless drivers?
    It’s l’havdil like blaming Meron on the people who were there.
    The streets in Lakewood are unsafe and unfit for driving. There are way too many cars for the amount of roads. When roads are too crowded, simple turns can be dangerous. And who here has never sped up for that left turn, or cut into a lane to get somewhere on time? That’s how driving works here, unfortunately.
    There are not enough traffic lights, and definitely not enough roads.

  3. Actually not really much of an exaggeration. Recent reports showed an average of about 20 REPORTED accidents a day in Lakewood. Factor in that most are likely during regular hours and not the middle of the night, You are pretty close.

  4. Good point for the daytime, however in the middle of the night when most of the burglaries happen there are hardly any accidents.

    Police cracking down on distracted driving is extremely important for people’s lives.

  5. If you take into account that every accident damages at least one possibly two or more cars, and how much time it takes from people who are sitting in traffic the burden of paying tickets is minuscule compared to the loss of money due to an accident.
    People get hurt too and people can be killed h”y
    It takes sometimes two or three police to control a accident scene and write up the reports etc. Every accident takes up countless man hours which can be used to enforce traffic laws so we can all get to who we want faster and fight crime.
    It’s rather childish to push back against a ticket blitz.

  6. According to what they say there is almost 1 accident per hour each day. [Excluding 24 hours for Shabbos and assuming typical driving hours are 18 hours a day (6:30 am – 12:30 am).]

    I would like to see the demographics related to the accidents in Lakewood so we can better formulate solutions. Maybe the Scoop can provide.

    • During a driving test everyone, not wishing to fail, is on their best and most cautious behavior. You can test and re-test as much as you like, but it won’t make a bit of difference. As has been so often said, Lakewood’s roads, built for the rural traffic of a different century, are not now nor will ever be capable of handling uncontrolled over-building and the resulting population explosion. Get used to it…street traffic will continue to deteriorate and I fear that it’s too late to do much of anything about it. Sorry folks.

    I am one of those who DON’T speed up to make left turns and who don’t cut into a lane because I’m late.
    Shame on you for doing this!! It is people like you who cause accidents. The fact that we need more roads does not entitle you to endanger us all. Do yourself and us a favor and stay off the roads.

    • I agree with you! We cannot just say the roads are bad therefore it’s all right for me to drive irresponsibly and endanger other people.

      You can work to get the town to fix the roads, but meanwhile each of us is responsible for driving courteously and safely.

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