Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be
Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign
(Ramsey, NJ) — Law enforcement officials from Ramsey will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 11, 2015 and continuing through January 1, 2016, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent,” said Chief Gurney. “People that choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using drugs pose a grave danger to all roadway users and this initiative is designed to bring attention to this important issue.”
Last year, 27% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2015 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for holiday season:
• Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
• Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
• Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
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.
ENTEROVIRUS D68 Frequently Asked Questions:
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
MARION BROWN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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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