Police crack down on speeders
Sussex County - During July, law enforcement officers throughout Northern New Jersey will conduct a heavy crackdown on speeding motorists. The effort, dubbed “Obey the Signs or Pay the Fines,” begins July 1, in advance of the July 4th holiday, and runs through July 31.
The Officers of the Hardyston Township Police Department shall be participating in this campaign along with police agencies in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Warren and other parts of Sussex counties.. During a pilot initiative in four counties in July 2006, more than 6,300 speeding summonses were issued during the four week period.
“Speeding, especially on local roads, is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes,” said Pam Fischer, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Over a five year period (2001-2005), we averaged more than 15,000 speed-related crashes a year in our state”.
Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway. It also extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and it increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver notices and reacts to a dangerous situation.
“If you are speeding in New Jersey, you will be stopped and you will be fined,” Fischer added. “Police will not give warnings. They will be writing tickets.”