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 Thursday (12/7), with targeted enforcement on December 7th and Saturday (12/16).
The efforts of the partnership will focus this time in Lakewood. The detail will target the following intersections/roadways due to a recent high rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
The areas are as follows: Cedar Bridge Ave and Martin Luther King Blvd., US 9 and County Road 526 (County Line Road), State Highway 70, and State Highway 88. This initiative is resulting from thirteen fatal accidents and numerous serious accidents that have occurred in 2017 alone. This is a multi-jurisdictional effort supported by the department heads and supervisors from the following jurisdictions: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Lakewood Police Department, and NJ State Police Troop “C” – Tactical Patrol Unit.
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 Ocean County roadways safer. The partnership logistics and plans having been worked out for our prior CR539. CR528 and Route 35 details insures the coordinated enforcement element can be quickly reinstituted to address the above increased reports of 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 December 4th 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.