TrafficWheelD/Lieutenant Edward Davenport, Division Commander – (908) 709-7331

Detective William Pietrucha – (908) 709-7335

Detective Steven D’Ambola – (908) 709-7336

Detective Brian Wagner – (908) 709-7334

The three E’s of traffic are the basis for any effective traffic safety program: education, engineering and enforcement.

Education is done through pedestrian and bicycle safety lectures at all township schools. Education is also done through safety handouts at local public events and checkpoints. These items include information on seatbelt use, driving while intoxicated, provisional driver’s license, and more.
Engineering consists of continuing planning and strategy meetings with state, county and local government officials, as well as construction officials about ongoing construction projects. In addition, the bureau conducts traffic studies based on citizen input and crash trends.
Enforcement is accomplished by aggressive enforcement of traffic laws, especially DWI and Aggressive Driving.

Traffic Bureau officers are all members of the New Jersey State Traffic Officers Association and the Union County Traffic Officers Association.

  • Below is a list of some of the responsibilities of the Traffic Bureau:
  • Serious/ Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • Supervision of School Crossing Guards
  • Bicycle Impounds/Recovery
  • Vehicle Impounds/Recovery
  • Work Zone Safety
  • Site Plan Reviews
  • Traffic Signal, Striping, & Sign Maintenance
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Funeral Escorts
  • Radar and DWI Enforcement Details
  • Grant Management
  • Radar Instruction and Re-certification
  • Traffic Enforcement

Crash Report References:

To see a template to allow you to read the codes on your crash report click the following link: Crash Template

To see a listing of insurance company codes from a crash report click the folllowing link: Insurance Codes

SHARE THE KEYS® NEW JERSEY PARENT/TEEN SAFE DRIVING ORIENTATION

Kean University in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety developed Share the Keys, a research based, data-driven orientation designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are recognized as the single most effective tool for reducing teen driver crashes, injuries and deaths. While New Jersey’s GDL is considered one of the most progressive and stringent in the United States, it must be clearly understood and supported by parents to save lives. To that end, ensuring that parents and teens fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving is essential to teen driver safety.

Parental involvement has a significant impact on teen driver safety. Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look, a research report from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and State Farm, examined the impact parenting styles had on teen driver safety and found that teens whose parents set rules and pay attention to their driving activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be involved in a crash. The report presents the numerous safety gains experienced through this balanced parenting approach (authoritative) and provides a series of best practices.

The Cranford Police Traffic Bureau presents the “Share the Keys” program annually.  If interested in attending, reach out to us to find the next available date.

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®

The Cranford Police Department’s traffic safety program adopted the national safety campaign “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®” (KKAD25) in June of 2005. The program is designed to allow residents to contribute to a reduction in speeding. It was developed in response to the fact that most speeders live in or around the neighborhood they speed in, and that residential streets have a death rate per mile driven over twice that of highways. When drivers see the KKAD25 logo, it is a reminder to them to check their speed and to slow down as needed.

The signs are displayed on residential properties and near township schools during regular school hours. Each school crossing guard was issued two signs to be placed near their post each day. Also, all schools were given two KKAD25 signs to display daily. Each school’s PTA was given a supply of signs to distribute to parents on a rotating basis throughout Cranford neighborhoods.

Chief James Wozniak said, “All residents can contribute to the reduction of speeding in the community. Studies have shown that over 75 percent of the people who drive by a KKAD25 yard sign apply their breaks and slow down. Education and awareness are just additional tools available to the police department in combating the issue of speeding.”

At the start of the 2005-2006 school year, the department expanded the KKAD25 program with the help of the Cranford Municipal Alliance which donated 25 yard signs for the department to distribute the interested residents. In addition, the department purchases signs to distribute free of charge to residents. In the first six months of the program the department distributed 300 lawn signs. Residents who obtain signs are asked to place them out each morning and bring them in at night. The signs are least effective when left out permanently.

Anyone interested in obtaining a sign or further information can contact the Traffic Bureau. Also, for additional information on the national Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 program visit www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org

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Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® is a trademark of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization, P.O. Box 45563 Omaha, Nebraska, 68145 used with permission. No other entities may use this mark without prior permission. For information, please call 402-334-1391.

WHALE Program

WHALELOGOThe Cranford Police Department provides a Child Safety Seat Occupant Identification Program to all those with children. The program is called WHALE which stands for “We Have A Little Emergency!” The purpose of WHALE is to provide vital information about a child involved in a car crash in the event the driver and passengers become incapacitated during the crash. Stickers are attached to the back of a child’s seat providing emergency contact information. Packets are availabe from the Traffic Bureau and include an informational brochure, two side window decals, two car seat stickers, and an identification card.

HERO Campaign

HEROlogoThe Cranford Police Department promotes the HERO Campaign which brings awareness of the importance of designated drivers.

The program was named in honor of Navy Ensign John R. Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey who graduated in May 2000 from the US Naval Academy. On July 22, 2000, as he was driving home from Annapolis, Maryand for his mother’s birthday, John was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver. Additional information is available at www.herocampaign.org

Bicycle Registration

nbr_labelThe Cranford Police Department has partnered with the National Bike Registry (NBR) to offer Cranford residents discounted bicycle licenses to protect their bicycles in case they are stolen. Township ordinance requires that all bicycles be registered and display a license.

The bicycle license registration packs are available at police headquarters for a cost of $4.00 each. The licenses are now good for ten years. Also included in the packet is a second label, at no additional charge, that can be used with any belongings you want to protect, such as a cell phone, laptop, keys, sports equipment, etc. Yearly registration is not neccessary. Once a license packet is purchased you can submit your registration by mail or online at www.boomerangit.com/nbr .

The NBR program gives the Cranford Police Department, as well as police departments nationwide, access to the extensive NBR registry so they can track down the rightful owners of bikes they recover. This registry now increases the chances that a stolen bicycle from Cranford will be matched to its owner no matter where it is recovered. If stolen, NBR registered bikes are 9 times more likely to be returned, than the national average.
Each year, 1,500,000 bicycles are stolen nationwide and about half of them are recovered, but less than 2% are ever returned because there’s no way to link a bike to its owner. When a bicycle is labeled and registered in the NBR database, it can be easily identified by police and returned to its rightful owner. Every time a police officer has recovered a bike that was in the NBR database, they have been able to quickly identify the owner so that the bike could be returned. Additional information about the National Bike Registry can be found at www.nationalbikeregistry.com .

USE YOUR HEAD…WEAR A HELMET!

New Jersey’s Bicycle Helmet Law
Young people under the age of 17 are now required to wear an approved helmet when bicycling, roller skating, in-line skating or skateboarding.

From the National Safety Council
Bike Safety Tips

Obey traffic rules. Get acquainted with ordinances. Cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.

Know your bike’s capabilities. Remember that bicycles differ from motor vehicles; they’re smaller and can’t move as fast. But, they can change direction more easily, stop faster and move through smaller spaces.
Ride in single file with traffic, not against it. Bicycling two abreast can be dangerous. Bicyclists should stay as far right on the pavement as possible, watching for opening car doors, sewer gratings, soft shoulders, broken glass and other debris. Remember to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

Make safe turns and cross intersections with care. Signal turns half a block before the intersection, using the correct hand signals (left arm straight out for left turn; forearm up for right turn). When traffic is heavy and the cyclist has to turn left, it is best to dismount and walk the bicycle across both streets at the crosswalks.

Never hitch on cars. A sudden stop or turn could send the cyclist flying into the path of another vehicle.

Before riding into traffic: stop, look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder.

Always be seen. During the day, cyclists should wear bright clothing. Nighttime cycling is not advised, but if riding at night is necessary, retroreflective clothing, designed to bounce back motorists’ headlight beams, will make cyclists more visible.
Make sure the bicycle has the right safety equipment: a red rear reflector; a white front reflector; a red or colorless spoke reflector on the rear wheel; an amber or colorless reflector on the front wheel; pedal reflectors; a horn or bell; and a rear view mirror. A bright headlight is recommended for night riding.

Wear a helmet. Head injuries cause about 85 percent of all bicycling fatalities. The Council strongly urges all cyclists to wear helmets. The first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain from injury, the results can be disastrous.

School or community groups interested in the police department’s bike safety program are invited to contact the Traffic Division for further information.

Township of Cranford Bikeway

Child Safety Seats

Detectives Pietrucha, D’Ambola, and Wagner are all Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians. The Cranford Police Department offers free child safety seat inspections. To make an appointment to have your child safety seat checked, call one of the listed technicians.  Their phone numbers can be found at the top of this webpage.  Appointments can be made weekdays between the hours of 7:30AM and 4:30PM.

New Jersey’s child passenger safety law requires the following:

  • Any child under the age of 8 years old and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as follows in the rear seat of a motor vehicle:

a. A child under the age of 2 years and 30 pounds shall be secured in a rear-facing seat equipped with a 5-point harness.

b. A child under the age of 4 years and 40 pounds shall be secured as described in (a) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing seat, then in a forward-facing child restraint equipped with a 5-point harness.

c. A child under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as described in (a) or (b) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing or forwardfacing seat, then in a belt positioning booster seat.

d. A child over 8 years of age or 57 inches in height must be properly secured by a seat belt.

If there are no rear seats, the child shall be secured as described above in the front seat except that no child shall be secured in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of any vehicle that is equipped with an active passenger-side airbag. The aforementioned is acceptable if the airbag is de-activated.

Child Seat Recall List

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Locator

Seat Belt Use

  • Studies show seat belts do save lives and reduce injuries during crashes.
    Seat belts work with air bags to protect occupants. Air bags alone are not enough to safeguard occupants.
  • More than 2,000 unbuckled drivers and front seat passengers died on New Jersey’s roadways in the past 10 years.
  • Approximately 700 unbuckled drivers and front seat passengers were thrown out of their vehicles during crashes and killed in the past 10 years.

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New Jersey’s Seat Belt Law:
(N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.2f)

  • Applies to all passenger vehicles including vans, pickup trucks and SUV’s, that are required to be equipped with seat belts.
  • Applies to all passengers, who are at least 8 years of age but less than 18 years of age, and each driver and front seat passenger of a passenger automobile, operated on a street or highway. All occupants are required to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt system.
  • Makes the driver responsible for proper seat beltuse by all occupants who are under the age of 18.

ClickItbannerEach year for two weeks around Memorial Day the Cranford Police Department joins law enforcement officers throughout New Jersey in stepped up 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 the program is to increase the statewide safety belt usage rate.

Safety belt use is especially important for teens and young adults. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 34 in the United States. During the mobilization period the Cranford Police Department conducts a zero tolerance safety belt enforcement campaign. Motorists who are not buckled up are issued a ticket.

Pedestrian Safety

Ped_Share_Respons_HeaderThe New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety reports that the the most important pedestrian safety message for New Jersey residents is: Pedestrian Safety is a Shared Responsibility. There is no one cause of crashes involving pedestrians. Pedestrians and motorists must both do their part to keep pedestrians safe.

As of April 1, 2010 motorists must STOP and remain stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Additional information can be found on the following information card.

Check out our latest Pedestrian Safety PSA!

Pedestrians:

  • Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
  • Obey traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk”.
  • Remain alert! Don’t assume that cars are going to stop.
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
  • Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck.

Motorists:

  • STOP for pedestrians in a crosswalks. Failure to stop carries a $200 fine and 2 point license penalty (39:4-36).
  • Watch for pedestrians when turning right on red.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Keep your windshield clean for maximum visibility.
  • Be alert for pedestrian at all times.

Children:

  • Cross at intersections only.
  • Never cross from in-between parked cars.
  • Before crossing, look left, right and left again and listen for traffic.
  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night.
  • If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Avoid playing in driveways or on sidewalks near roadways.

Seniors:

  • Walk on sidewalks and cross only at corners, within marked crosswalks.
  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing, especially at night.
    Look left, right and left again before crossing and be on the lookout for turning vehicles.
  • Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle.
  • Learn the proper use of “Walk/Don’t Walk” signals.
  • Use the buddy system. Walk and cross with others when possible.
  • If possible do not walk at night of during bad weather such as snow, rain or ice.

School Crossing Guards

The Township of Cranford employs 13 school crossing guards. Rain or shine we can always be assured that these dedicated people will be on the job! They act as friend and educator, instilling principles of pedestrian and traffic safety as they shepherd the children safely on their way. Being a school crossing guard is rewarding, part-time work that makes a positive contribution to the safety of our children. Click on the link to view the Cranford School Route Plan.

Call Before You Dig

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Protecting underground utilities that provide vital services to all of us each day, and helping to ensure service, safety and reliability just became easier. Instead of excavators trying to remember the current 10-digit “Call Before You Dig,” telephone number, they can just call 8-1-1. Additional information can be found on the PSE&G website at www.pseg.com/safety .

The State of New Jersey adopted the Underground Facility Protection Act (N.J.S.A. 48:2-73 through N.J.S.A. 48:2-91), or the One-Call system, to protect underground utilities. Despite the law, public notifications and preventive measures, approximately 40% of the damages incurred to PSE&G facilities occurred when an excavator failed to notify the One-Call Center, 8-1-1 or 1-800-272-1000, to obtain a “free” mark out.

Since New Jersey is one of the most densely populated states in the country, with a comparable density of underground utility infrastructure, anyone doing underground work must call the New Jersey One-Call Center at 1–800–272-1000 or 8-1-1 four business days before each job for a free mark out.

Damage to underground utilities can cause major disruptions in telecommunications, water supply, natural gas, electric power and other necessary public services, and can result in fatalities, serious injuries, traffic congestion, financial losses and environmental impacts.

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Cell Phone Use Primary Offense

Cell_LawOn Saturday, March 1, 2008, the amended law making it a primary motor vehicle offense for the operator of a motor vehicle to talk, text message, or send an electronic message with a hand-held wireless telephone or communication device took effect. This bill, which was signed into law by Governor Jon S. Corzine on November 2, 2007, establishes a $100.00 fine for a violation of this law. No points will be assessed for the offense.

The amended law allows the operator of a motor vehicle to use a hand-held wireless telephone while driving with one hand on the steering wheel only for the following reasons: 1) The operator has reason to fear for his/her life or safety, or believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him/her or another; 2) the operator is using this device to report to appropriate authorities a fire, traffic crash, serious road hazard, medical or hazardous material emergency, or another motorist who is driving in a reckless, careless or otherwise unsafe manner or who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Residents can go the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Highway Traffic Safety website, www.njsaferoads.com or the Cranford Police Department website, www.cranford.com/police for details on the amended law.

This link will take you to a summary of the new law….. Primary Cell Phone Law Summary

Work Zone Safety

What is a work zone?

ConstructionA work zone is an area of a roadway with construction, maintenance, utility work, or incident management activities. A work zone is typically marked by signs, cones, drums, barriers, pavement markings, and/or work vehicles. It extends from the first warning sign to the End Road Work sign. Speed limits are often reduced in work zones to accomodate lane shifts and protect workers.

Below are some safety tips to live by when driving through a work zone.

  • Stay Alert! Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
  • Pay Close Attention! Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
  • Turn on Your Headlights! Workers and other motorists must see you.
  • Don’t Tailgate! Rear end collisions are the most common crash in a work zone.
  • Don’t Speed! Note the posted speed limit in and around the work zone.
  • Keep Up with the Traffic Flow!
  • Don’t Change Lanes!
  • Minimize Distractions! Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones while driving in the work zone.
  • Expect the Unexpected! Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
  • Be patient! Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride.

For additional New Jersey Work Zone information visit http://www.njcommuter.com

Motorcycle Safety

SharetheRoadNationwide, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. Between 1999 and 2003, a nearly 50-percent increase in motorcycle-related fatalities occurred. About 2,500 motorcycles are involved in crashes each year on New Jersey’s roadways, according to the Federal Highway Authority.

Fact: Motorcycle crashes result in 50 or more fatalities and about 2,000 injuries each year in the Garden state. If you’re involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, statistics show that you have a 75 percent chance of being injured. Every rider’s best defense against injury is to obey the law: Wear Your Helmet!

New Jersey Helmet Law – P.L. 39:3-76.7:
No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he/she wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person and of a type approved by the federal DOT. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides.

Other Motorcycle-related NJ Laws: Handlebars must rest below rider’s shoulders and a rearview mirror is required.

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:

  • Drive Defensively – Assume motorists do not see you and plan escape routes.
  • Make Yourself Visible – Wear bright colored and reflective clothing.
  • Do not linger in “blind spots”.
  • Give Yourself Time and Space to React – Do not tailgate.
  • Avoid Sudden Braking or Turning When Driving on Wet Roads or Gravel
  • Enhance Your Skills with Education – New Jersey offers various safety and skill courses, for riders new and old. View more information, or call 609-633-9308.

Safety Tips for Motorists:

  • Be Alert for Motorcycles – Heavy traffic could hide a motorcycle.
  • Anticipate Hazards for Motorcycles – Be prepared to react to poor road conditions, such as debris or oil slicks, railroad tracks or raised manhole covers.
  • Do Not Tailgate Motorcycles – They require less stopping distance than other vehicles.
  • Share the Road – Sharing the road will save lives. Motorcyclists and motorists abide by the same traffic laws.

NJ Graduated Driver’s License Program

DDSIf you are under 21 years old or have never had a driver license, New Jersey requires that you complete a period of supervised driving before getting a basic driver license. MVC’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program introduces driving privileges in phases.

GDL definitions

Special learners permit driving restrictions
No driving between 11:01 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
You can’t use cell phones, hand held video games or any other hand held electronic device
You must be accompanied by an Adult Supervising Driver (at least 21 years old and licensed to drive for at least 3 years) in the front seat
Only one additional passenger is allowed.
Seatbelts must be worn at all times.

Examination permit restrictions

You must be at least 17 years old and not in suspension status
No driving between 11:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
You must be accompanied by an Adult Supervising Driver (at least 21 years old and licensed to drive for at least 3 years) in the front seat
Passengers must be from your household. Only one additional person from outside your household is allowed in the vehicle
If you are at least 21 years old, there are no passenger or hour restrictions
You can’t use cell phones, hand held video games or any other hand held electronic device
Seatbelts must be worn at all times

Provisional driver license restrictions

No driving between 11:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Passengers must be from your household. Only one additional person from outside your household is allowed in the vehicle
If you are at least 21 years old, there are no passenger or hour restrictions

You can’t use cell phones, hand held video games or any other hand held electronic device

GDL Exemptions

All drivers under 21 that wish to apply for hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons must provide legible documentation on letterhead signed by employer, organization or religious institution stating the reasons for this request
Include signature, title, address and telephone number of designated official

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/FirstTime.htm .

Parent Resource

Recognizing that an informed parent plays a key role in keeping teens and young adults safe on our roads, this new website, developed by the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, through funding from DHTS, will help to further educate parents about the risks associated with teen driving. Relevant legislation, videos, an interactive teen crash site map, traffic safety tips, and GDL information can be found on the site.

NJ GDL Made Simple Video

https://sites.google.com/site/njcoalition/photos-and-videos/gdl-made-simple-video

https://sites.google.com/site/njcoalition/photos-and-videos/gdl-made-simple-video

Traffic Enforcement

To request traffic enforcement at a particular location please fill out and return the Traffic Request Form. Once received the Traffic Bureau will examine crash data for the location and conduct a speed survey with traffic counters. Data will then be used to provide enforcement when necessary and when it will be most effective.

Move Over Law

MoveOverLawAnimation (1)The new jersey move over lawOn January 27,2009, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law a bill that requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and other highway safety vehicles displaying certain flashing lights to move over one lane or, if not safe to change lanes, then to slow down below the posted speed limit.

Failure to move over or slow down is punishable by a fine of $100 to $500, but no points will be assessed for this offense. For a complete copy of the law, visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/bills/PL09/5_.pdf

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