Additional Traffic Officers Will Be Out This Summer

(Photo by Jason Allentoff)

  OCEAN COUNTY – Police will be on the roads looking out for distracted and impaired drivers along many roads this summer, including Routes 528 and 539.

  As part of the detail, officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester, Mantoloking, Plumsted, Stafford, and Tuckerton will have extra patrols on the road looking for signs of impaired or erratic driving.

  “We work to support our local police departments in their ongoing efforts to protect the public,” said Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy. “As warm weather approaches, the volume of traffic on our roads increases – as do accidents. We want to stop those drivers that shouldn’t be behind the wheel because they are impaired, distracted or any number of reasons that create a hazard on our roadways.”

  These extra patrols will continue until the end of summer, officials said. The work will be funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. These roads were chosen based on crash statistics.

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  “Our sheriff’s officers along with police departments in 11 municipalities in Ocean County are part of an ongoing traffic enforcement detail that will help reduce the number of serious motor vehicle crashes along these roadways,” said Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn, who is liaison to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. “Safety on our roadways has always been a concern and we want our motorists and pedestrians to know that our Sheriff’s officers and their local police are making a concerted effort to make sure our motorists safely get to their destinations.”