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
Looking for something to do tonight? Come join us as we team up with the Teachers and Staff of the Lakewood School District and take on the students! All proceeds will be put towards the PBSIS, a program designed to provide training and technical assistance to school teams on how to implement a tiered system of support for behavior and climate issues.
For more information and some good old fashioned, yet respectful, trash talking from our opponents, check out this video.
At approximately 12:50 this afternoon Officers responded to the area of Ridge Avenue and E. Countyline Rd after receiving reports of a pedestrian that was struck by a motor vehicle.
Upon arrival, Sgt. Eric Miick and Officers Mike Ruiz and Steven Meyer learned that a male, later identified as 23 year old Terick DeBose of Toms River, had struck a parked vehicle in the parking lot of Pinter Elementary School. DeBose who was operating a blue Toyota Camry attempted to flee the scene when a 19 year old bystander tried to signal him to stop.
DeBose, briefly stopped but then stepped on the accelerator and advanced directly towards the 19 year old man. The man lunged forward, so as not to be run over and was able to grab onto the hood of the car. As a result he sustained a minor injury to his knee.
DeBose continued his flight and began traveling at an estimated 40+ miles per hour, west on E. Countyline Road with the victim still holding on.
Approximately a quarter of a mile down the road the 19 year old asked DeBose to please pull over so he could get off the car. DeBose pulled over in front of Calvary Academy School, let the victim off and then continued west.
Officer Stephen Nickens, who was responding as backup, observered the Camry as it neared Squankum Rd. Upon approaching the intersection, DeBose drove over a curb to avoid traffic that was backed up at the traffic light.
He continued north on Squankum Road and was ultimately stopped and arrested by Officer Nickens. It was determined at the stop that DeBose had an several outstanding warrants for his arrest as well as a suspended drivers license.
Further assistance from Det. Oscar Valmon resulted in charges of Aggragated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury with a Suspended License as well as a host of motor vehicle summonses.