The Kinnelon Traffic Bureau is responsible for many different functions within the borough. Among the responsibilities are:
EVALUATE EDUCATE ENFORCE
The Kinnelon Police Traffic Bureau will ensure and promote both vehicular and pedestrian safety. This shall be accomplished through public, political and Departmental awareness. The bureau shall promote professional development of department personnel in the field of traffic safety. The bureau will create a more thorough public awareness, through use of all media and visible patrol. Data analysis will help determine problem locations which will be relayed to personnel and various agencies to correct any issues. The bureau is to adhere to the department's core values - Integrity, Accountability, Pride, Fairness, Respect, Service, and Compassion.
- Speeding and other traffic complaints, conduct surveys
- Enforce Parking, speeding, and other motor vehicle violations
- Investigate and remove roadway view obstructions
- Work zone and roadway safety
- Serious / Fatal motor vehicle crash investigation and reconstruction
- Pre-Construction traffic impact studies
- Strategic placement of the department's speed trailer and monitors
- Supervising the Borough's school crossing guards
- Drafting traffic related Ordinances (Chapter 84)
- Liaison with Borough Engineer and county and state officials
Kinnelon Borough Police Department and other jurisdictions throughout New Jersey are increasing enforcement and education of the state's PRIMARY Seat Belt Law. The enforcement and education campaign comes as part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket mobilization.
The goal of this program is to increase the statewide safety belt usage rate to 92%. The current safety belt usage rate in New Jersey is 90%, and the rate has steadily risen during the last ten years.
In 2006, there were 773 motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey, a large percentage of which were not wearing a safety belt. Safety belt use saves lives and prevents injuries. Between 1975 and 2000, safety belts prevented 135,000 fatalities and 3.8 Million injuries nationwide, saving 585 Billion in medical and other costs.
Safety belts are especially important for teens and young adults. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people in the age range of 15 to 34 in the United States.
The Kinnelon Police have a zero tolerance for safety belt enforcement. Concerted efforts are going on locally and statewide to raise awareness about the importance and life-saving benefits of safety belts.
The Kinnelon Police Department is participating in the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 campaign to protect the pedestrians of our town. The goal of our the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is to educate the motorists of our town about the increased risk of injury or injury and death not only to occupants of the vehicles, but also pedestrians. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a friendly reminder to slow down in a fast-paced world, as well as an invitation to take personal responsibility for your driving behavior.
According to the NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NTHSA), almost 175,000 pedestrians died on U.S. roadways between 1980 and 2005. 4,881 pedestrians died while walking in neighborhoods or crossing streets in 2005. 500 of these deaths were children under 14 years old.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 2-14 years old. More than one-fifth of children between 5 and 9 killed in traffic incidents in 2006 were pedestrians.
If you hit a pedestrian:
At 20 MPH 5% will die
At 30 MPH 45% will die
At 40 MPH 85% will die
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25!
The Kinnelon Police Department reminds motorist to drive responsibly. Officers throughout New Jersey and this department will be participating in the Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign to combat drinking and driving.
For further information on drinking and driving visit:
TRAFFIC CONSTRUCTION ADVISORIES
No traffic construction advisories at this time
NEW MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS IN EFFECT (KNOWN AS "THE MOVE OVER LAW")
C.39:4-92.2 Procedure for motorist approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.
1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L 1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light or a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100.00 and not more than $500.00
2. This act shall take effect immediately
Approved January 27, 2009 (Retrieved April 11, 2009; New Jersey Title 39 Motor Vehicle Law)
For a list of all Motor Vehicle Laws visit NJ Title 39 Motor Vehicle Law. Scroll down and select Title 39