Police Eye Dangerous Lakewood Roads

(Photo courtesy of Jason Rojas/Flickr)
(Photo courtesy of Jason Rojas/Flickr)

LAKEWOOD – Prompted by fatal collisions, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will have a traffic enforcement team at key highways.

The patrols will begin on Dec. 7, and will run throughout Dec. 16. The following roads will be monitored:

  • Cedar Bridge Ave and Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • US 9 and County Road 526 (County Line Road)
  • State Highway 70
  • State Highway 88

The policing detail is the result of 13 fatal crashes and numerous serious injuries that have occurred throughout 2017. The Prosecutor’s Office will be joined by Lakewood police and the State Police Troop C.

“The Policing Partnership details have managed to raise significant awareness among the motoring public regarding roadway safety issues, but more important it has led to coordinated efforts by Ocean County Law Enforcement to take important steps toward making commuting Ocean County roadways safer,” Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said in a press release. Previous enforcement has been on routes 539, 528, and 35.

Police explained that the enforcement will be strict, and will target various violations, including: Driving While Under the Influence, aggressive drivers, improper turning, failing to yield, failing to keep right, improper passing, inattentive driving, disregard of traffic signal, excessive speed, following too close, pedestrian violations and various commercial carrier violations such as overweight, equipment maintenance and brake pressure.

The police will be using an Automated License Plate Reader, digital message signs, unmarked vehicles and other tools.