NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE STEP-UP HIGHWAY PATROL ACTIVITY
THROUGHOUT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Enforcement Effort Focuses On Seat Belt Safety And
Inattentive & Dangerous Drivers
W. Trenton - Colonel
Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police
and Director Peter J. O'Hagan, Division of Highway Traffic Safety,
today announced that state troopers and traffic enforcement officers
throughout the state will increase traffic patrol responsibilities
and will also participate in various state and national programs
geared to reduce motor vehicle accidents and to promote safe-driving
practices throughout the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.
With over 34,000 miles of
highway cris-crossing the state and thousands of motorists driving
millions of miles during the holiday period, state troopers, municipal
police officers and highway traffic safety personnel will be busy
"around-the-clock" responding to traffic-related emergencies and
working to reduce fatal accidents. Col. Dunbar and Director O'Hagan
encouraged Memorial weekend drivers to stay alert, reminding that
state troopers and county and municipal police officers will step-up
patrol activity on state, county and local roadways, interstate
highways and the toll roads - the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State
Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.
Specifically, state troopers
will focus patrol responsibilities and enforcement attention on
the inattentive and dangerous driver - considered the single largest
contributing factor (and most under reported) in motor vehicle crashes,
especially during extended holiday periods when there are many more
distractions competing against the drivers attention. Inattentive
or distracted driving includes the use of communications devices,
eating, reading or any activity that takes the driver's attention
from his/her driving responsibilities.
Additionally, state troopers
will be assigned to high visibility tactical patrol units as they
monitor traffic using state-of-the-art speed enforcement technology.
Specialized DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) patrol units will be
setting-up sobriety checkpoints at numerous sites along state and
county roadways and will be on patrol to identify the drunk and
Dunbar and O'Hagan noted that
state troopers and many local police departments will participate
in "Operation ABC Mobilization - a national traffic enforcement
effort aimed at ticketing reckless adults who put themselves and
their children at risk by failing to wear seat belts or properly
restrain child passengers. The Division of Highway Traffic Safety
reports that in 1999, 242 out of the 725 adults who died in fatal
motor vehicle crashes were unrestrained and that nearly half of
those fatalities were preventable if the driver had been wearing
a seat belt.
The 2001 Memorial holiday
will also see state and local police participating in the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Buckle-Up America" program
- a nationwide public information and education campaign aimed at
raising the national seat belt usage rate from a national 71 percent
compliance rate to 90 percent by the year 2005. (New Jersey's current
seatbelt use rate is 74.2 percent.)
Additionally, New Jersey
troopers will greet troopers from Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania
as part of a joint highway safety initiative dubbed ‘Hands Across
The Border'- a high visibility effort which stations troopers at
motorist service areas and information sites in the four states.
The Memorial holiday border crossing safety and public information
effort is scheduled for Fri., May 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The multi-jurisdictional effort is designed to heighten motorist
awareness and stress safety practices during the upcoming holiday
period as troopers from each state will distribute traffic safety
information and promotional items.
Troopers from the New
Jersey State Police and from the Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland
State Police will be located at the following rest areas along toll
roads and interstate highways:
- New Jersey Turnpike Walt Whitman Service Area located at Milepost
29 southbound Troopers from the New Jersey State Police (Troop D Turnpike
patrol and Troop A South Jersey patrol) will join troopers from the
Delaware State Police, Maryland State Police and the Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Turnpike King of Prussia Service Area
located at milepost 328. New Jersey troopers from Troop C Central
Jersey patrol will join troopers from the PA State Police.
80 (North Jersey) Delaware Water Gap Information Center located at
the first exit ramp coming into New Jersey from PA on I-80 east-bound
and the last exit leaving New Jersey on I-80 west-bound. Troopers
from the New Jersey State Police Troop B North Jersey patrol will
staff the information center.
- Interstate 78 West (Central New Jersey)
Welcome Center located on the west bound side of I-78 (located ˝ mile
into PA). Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Community Policing
Unit and from the PA State Police will greet motorists at the I-78
- Interstate 95 - Delaware Delaware Rest Area in the
center median located five miles south into Delaware from New Jersey.
Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Recruiting and Community
Policing Units, along with state troopers from Delaware, Maryland
and PA, will greet motorists at the rest area.
95 - Maryland Chesapeake Service Area located at milepost 96 in the
center median. Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Recruiting
and Community Policing Units, along with troopers from the Maryland,
Delaware and PA State Police will greet motorists at the service area.
The 2001 Memorial Day
holiday officially begins at 12:01 a.m. on Fri., May 25 and continues
through midnight on Mon., May 28. During the 2000 Memorial Day holiday,
six persons lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents along New
Jersey roadways. To date (Jan. 1 - May 20), 229 people have died
in traffic-related accidents compared to 255 highway deaths recorded
during the same period last year (2000) - a 10.2 percent decrease.
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