Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 22 – June 4, 2017
Lakewood — Law enforcement officers from the Lakewood Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 22 and running through June 4, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2015, it is estimated that 14,000 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.”
Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 93.35%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate. “For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” he said.
During the 2016 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 387 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,551 seat belt citations, 5,517 speeding summonses and made 876 impaired driving arrests.
Starting Monday May 15th between the hours of 9am and 5pm, westbound traffic will be shut down at Somerset Avenue. Vehicles will be re-routed north on Somerset Ave, to E. Kennedy Blvd and then back down Twin Oaks Drive to E. County Line Road.
The project, which includes the installation of new curbing and sidewalks will last approximately three weeks.
Pictured left to right: Lisa Preslar, Sgt. Thomas D’Elia and Sgt. David Sussman (Retired)
Pictured left to right: Officers Ryan Dancey, Edgardo Vega Jr. and Sgt. Thomas D’Elia.
Today our riders will cover the 30+ miles from Annapolis MD to Washington D.C. Although this stretch of their journey seems short in comparison to the previous days, the terrain is made mostly of hills making it just a little more challenging.
Upon arriving in DC they will be greeted by family, friends, supporters and hundreds of other police officers as they start the official beginning of National Police Week 2017!
Pictured left to right: Lisa Preslar, Sgt. Thomas D’Elia and Sgt David Sussman (Retired)
Today the riders will be embarking on an 80+ mile ride to Annapolis Maryland. They have already completed a little over 30 miles and have stopped for a well deserved lunch hosted by the Greenwood Fire Company in Greenwood Delaware.
Pictured left to right: Officer Ryan Dancey, Officer Edgardo Vega and Sgt. Thomas D’Elia)
Officers from the Lakewood Police Department have once again joined their brothers, sisters and survivors of Officers killed in the Line of Duty on the 300+ mile bicycle ride to Washington DC.
Today marks the second day of the four day journey. These riders will ride over 50 miles today. Good luck and Godspeed to all.
If anyone can identify the man pictured below, please contact Det. Mike Cavallo at 732-363-0200 ext. 5317
The Township of Lakewood has set up a Safe Exchange Zone in the parking lot of the Municipal Building located at 231 3rd Street. Because of the high volume of online selling and trading of goods, we think it is important for the safety of our community to have a designated area for these purposes. “We wanted to give the residents of Lakewood a safe location to do exchanges and make purchases that are monitored by the Police Department”, said Chief Gregory Meyer. The Safe Exchange Zone is a well lit area that is under 24 hour surveillance.
While the Safe Exchange Zone provides an area for buyers and sellers to meet, it is important to remember that people you meet online are strangers and can pose dangers. Not every buyer or seller you meet online is someone who is true with their intent. When making arrangements to complete online transactions face-to-face, residents should be reminded to:
- Complete all transactions during daylight hours, if possible
- Bring a cell phone in case of emergency
- Notify friends or family about the details of the exchange beforehand
- Never invite strangers to your home or agree to meet at a stranger’s home
- Reconsider any transaction with an individual who refuses to meet at a designated Safe Exchange Zone.
Taking these simple precautions helps make these types of in person transactions safer for everyone in our community.
For more information about personal safety online, check out these resources:
This May marks the 10 year anniversary of the Line of Duty death of Officer William “Nichie” Preslar.
Officer Preslar, a six year veteran, was killed in an automobile accident on an isolated stretch of Route 528 at approximately 4:00 am on May 14, 2007.
The accident occurred when Officer Preslar swerved to avoid striking a deer in the road, which caused his patrol car to strike a tree on the driver’s side.
Please join us, on May 7th, as we dedicate this highway in his honor.
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