Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 18 – 31, 2015
Ramsey — Law enforcement officers from the Ramsey Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 18 and running through May 31, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize 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 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,000 lives nationwide.”
The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 87.59%. Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 90%. “To meet our goal, we must rededicate our enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.
Poedubicky added that this year’s campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers, as well as nighttime enforcement. During evening hours seat belt usage is traditionally lower and the percentage of unbelted fatalities is higher.
During the 2014 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 374 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,635 seat belt citations, 4,363 speeding summonses and made 944 drunk driving arrests.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
TALKING POINTS/FACT SHEET
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, designed to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Motorcyclist fatalities decreased in 2013 to 4,668, accounting for 14 percent of total fatalities for the year. This decrease in motorcycle fatalities breaks a tragic trend over the last 16 years, which saw only one other decline in 2009. Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2012 to 88,000 in 2013. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
- Road users should never drive, bike, or walk while distracted. Doing so can result in tragic consequences for all on the road, including motorcyclists.
- A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
- Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.
- Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.
- Size also counts against motorcycles when it comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle—it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
- Allow more follow distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or adjust lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.
FACTS ABOUT HELMET USE
- Use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets increased to 64 percent in 2014, up from 60 percent in 2013, based on the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).
- Helmet use among motorcyclists on expressways increased significantly to 81 percent, up from 64 percent in 2012.
- Helmet use among motorcyclists in the southern states increased significantly to 78 percent, up from 65 percent in 2013.
- Use of non-compliant motorcycle helmets decreased significantly to 5 percent, from 7 percent in 2013.
- In 2013, 41 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders and 53 percent of fatally injured motorcycle passengers were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
FACTS ABOUT MOTORCYCLES AND ALCOHOL
- The percentage of motorcycle riders who were intoxicated in fatal crashes (27%) was greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers of passenger cars (23%) and light trucks (21%) in fatal crashes in 2013.
- In 2012, 29 percent of all fatally injured motorcycle riders had BAC levels of .08 or higher.
- Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were over 3 times (3.2) more likely to have BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher than those killed during the day (45% and 14%, respectively).
- Forty-three percent of the 2,030 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2012 had BAC levels of .08 g/dl or higher. Sixty-four percent of those killed in single-vehicle crashes on weekend nights had BACs of .08 g/dl or higher.
TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
- Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and use reflective tape and gear to be more visible. NHTSA estimates helmets saved the lives of 1,630 motorcyclists in 2013.
- Never ride while impaired or distracted—it is not worth the risk of killing or injuring yourself or someone else. Plus, a DUI costs $10,000 on average, and can lead to jail time, loss of your driver’s license, and higher insurance rates.
For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
Unattended Package Alert
Residents and business owners should be aware that throughout the County, thieves have been targeting packages that have been left at doorsteps. Ramsey has seen 5 such cases. Unattended packages are an easy target. Try to have your packages delivered later in the evening while you are home, or supply your carrier with an alternate address of a relative or neighbor to take them in for you, or require a signature for delivery.
The holidays are a busy time of year, as crimes of opportunity are also on the rise during this time. Protect your valuables.
As always, should you see any suspicious activity, call the police.
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With the growing concern for misuse of prescription medication and water quality, the first 24/7 free standing permanent drug disposal site in Bergen County was recently established at the Paramus Police Department. Other departments – Palisades Park, Park Ridge, River Vale, Leonia, Township of Washington and Ridgefield – have recently established the drop-off sites, with numerous other municipalities expressing interest.
A local initiative of the Bergen County Department of Health Services, Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency’s County Municipal Alliance Program in cooperation with Consumer Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s office, this community based public health initiative highlights the problem of prescription drug abuse and enables Bergen County residents to contribute to the solution. This Box is monitored and maintained by the police department, offering a place to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no questions asked. The metal, locked box is similar to a mailbox and once the unwanted pills are dropped in, they cannot be removed nor can anyone reach into/through the door.
LOCAL BUSINESSES COUNTERFEIT $100 BILL ALERT
Since the beginning of 2013 there have been several incidents in Bergen County involving the passing of counterfeit bills at retail establishments.
Businesses in Rochelle Pk., Closter, Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, N. Milford, Hackensack and Edgewater have reported such incidents.
In Bergen County, counterfeit $100 bills have been passed in the most recent months.
In Ramsey, local and highway businesses should remain vigilant for customers attempting to pass counterfeit bills.
If you believe that a customer is attempting or has passed a counterfeit $100 bill do not physically confront or challenge the party. Follow your store or business policy on the passing of counterfeit bills (i.e. check the bill with a Dri Mark bill detector pen). Try to obtain as much physical information as you can i.e. (clothing, vehicle).
Immediately notify the Ramsey Police at 201-327-2400.
To learn more information on US currency, check the following links:
The past week, there has been a bear in the northwest part of town (Myrtle, Manor, Pine Tree, Carriage Lane). If you could add this if a resident sees a bear:
- Do not feed or approach the bear
- Remain calm and make the bear aware of your presence
- Make sure the bear has an escape route
- Make noise, bang pots or pans; raise your arms and look as large as possible
- Bears may utter huffs, popping sounds and snap their jaws as a warning if you are too close
- Bears may bluff charge if cornered
- Do not make direct eye contact with a bear
- Do nut run away from a bear, slowly back away
- If the bear is causes damage or becomes a nuisance, call the Ramsey Police Department and or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Division of Fish and Wildlife at 1(877) WARN DEP
For further information regarding black bears go to: www.njfishandwildlife.com
A story from NJ.com:
Ramsey to Dedicate New Communications Center to Former Chief
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
BY CATHERINE CARRERA – STAFF WRITER
Ramsey Suburban News
Ramsey — The borough’s new $1.5 million communications center in police headquarters will be dedicated on April 6 to its onetime chief who is being lauded for bringing the local force into the modern age of technology.
According to Police Chief Bryan Gurney, one of his predecessors, Norman Stegen, “introduced the first computer” to the department.
“His foresight of computers in law enforcement was a testament to his vision,” Gurney said in an interview.
After about two years of planning, construction began in the summer and was completed by Jan. 31. It involved revamping the lobby, which now features two service windows; installation of touch-screen computers to dispatch police, fire, ambulance, rescue and Department of Public Works staff; and a conference room with televisions airing local news, maps of the borough and space for meetings during crisis situations with emergency services staff and town officials.
The department also replaced repeater and receiver radio equipment, which now uses a digital platform, Gurney said.
The center handles about 24,000 emergency calls a year in the town, whose population of 14,000 grows to about 30,000 on weekdays as a result of its commercial, corporate and school “footprint,” Police Lt. David Stitz said during a tour of the facility.
Gurney, who began his career with the department as a civilian dispatcher in 1979, has a special place in his heart for Stegen.
“He suggested that I apply for the civilian dispatcher position that had just started,” Gurney said. “He knew that I wanted to be a police officer. I was taking police science classes at the time. I applied and was hired in August of 1979 [and] I have been here ever since.”
Stegen retired from the department in 1978 after serving as its chief for 16 years. He was unavailable for an interview due to health concerns, but Gurney said he hopes to be present for the dedication ceremony.
“With all the updated software and utilities we have in here [the communications center] I feel absolutely more secure in the safety of our residents and I know my dispatchers are all secure,” Stitz said.
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