Tip from Retired LPD Sergeant David Sussman

sgt sussmanHello. This is the recently retired Sgt. David Sussman. While I was working with the Lakewood Police Department, I wrote safety articles for many years in one of the town’s direct mailers and occasionally for The Lakewood Scoop. I’ve been asked to continue to write for TLS in order to share stories/lessons from my 25+ years on the job. It is very nice to have an opportunity to stay in contact with the town that I spent 45 years living and working in.

We’ll start off easy and talk about something that I spoke about at my retirement ceremony and I know is still a daily issue with the officers on the street: Road closures.

Ladies and gentlemen, if there are cones across a road, a police car parked across the road, and/or a road closed sign in the road it means that the road (or at least one lane) are…..wait for it…….closed!! Often, because the road work is being done far from the intersection, there is a chance you can get to a house or business a few hundred feet down the road but if you want to talk to the officer, don’t just pull around the car/cones/sign and point wildly down the street. Pull your car to the side of the road, get out, walk up to the officer, and ask if you are able to go to such and such address safely.

Also, don’t assume that if you got through once, earlier in the day, that the work location hasn’t moved closer to the closure or that the officer will automatically remember you and your car.

The men and women in blue get a little frustrated when someone makes assumptions and goes through obvious signs of closure. Frustration leads to possible loss of patience and then no one ends up happy. I know that most of the officers try their best to be friendly and understanding and if the drivers do the same, everyone’s day ends up safer and happier.

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  1. Sgt. Don’t you think it would be better if we pulled over and waved over the officer to answer a question rather than walk out into possible traffic? Hopefully the Officer is attentive to my vehicle pulled over, and not sitting in his/her car!!! And the officer takes the initiative of walking safely to me.

  2. This week there was a closure on Forest and I saw countless people go through and the Police got very upset at all of them. Thanks Sgt. Sussman for this important awareness message.

  3. Sgt. Sussman, we miss you around town. You said it very well as always. Thanks for always being there and it’s nice to know your still here contributing to lakewood.

  4. This needs more publicity than the TLS, perhaps hanging in the yeshiva coffee rooms too. I recently was going down cross street shortly before approaching veterans hwy, a cop’s car was perpendicular to the flow of traffic intendinding to close the lane. When out of the blue the vehicle on front of me, begins going around the cop. I’m thinking where was this driver hatched… Anyhow the officer comes out asks what are you doing..while the fellow must have began smiling…which annoyed the officer..who rightfully began yelling what’s so funny about it, I don’t get it..do you want me to write up three summonses …explaining each one to the fellow..lucky driver, cause the cop kept his cool and let him go…I know my blood boiled…such thinking from an adult whose entitled to a drivers license? Pray tell!
    TLS pls go the whole nine yards get these articles posted like I said in coffee rooms so we can expose even those that don’t surf or read the weekly magazines.

  5. To Not so fast: The fact is that if the road is closed there is a chance the Officer will be sitting in the car but they will get out in order to check on a driver’s issue if they’ve pulled over safely and especially if they’ve made the effort to exit their car to speak to the Officer. The Officer may be out of the car but not close to it or tied up with some other matter. Let common sense prevail on who goes to who.

  6. why are we paying off duty cops to sit in there running cars and use electronic devices when there are ample cones around? has anyone ever scene one of them cops assisting or directing traffic even when the construction mires it up to epic proportioms

  7. To just wondering: when cops are working off duty they are paid by the construction company and not your tax dollars. In fact the township makes money off the cops as they charge the construction company a fee. So don’t act like it’s your money being spent

  8. to just wondering–people will go around the cones if the police are not there to deter them. as far a directing traffic the other day the traffic starting backing up on Mass ave and Prospect street and the cop got out and started to directed traffic

  9. its the homeowner who pays if hes doimg renovations that is my money months and months of it and traffic was disastrous and the cops did not put down ther coffe once not even when politely requested to help out

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