Spring has finally arrived!
Spring and Summer is the time we see a visible increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic. It is also the time that many children and adults are riding their bikes and skateboards, are walking from place to place and are playing in the streets and the parks.
The Police Department will continue our enforcement efforts in three areas this year. The first area is pedestrian crosswalk safety. The law states that all drivers shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway in a marked crosswalk. Drivers shall also yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway at an intersection with an unmarked crosswalk. The fine for a first offense is $200.00.
The second is driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. Statistics are showing that the likelihood of being involved in an accident as a result of talking or texting on a cell phone while driving increases significantly. This also includes pedestrians texting and talking on cell phones while walking. Statistics are showing that pedestrian inattention has been contributing to vehicle and pedestrian related accidents as well. We are participating in the “Click It or Ticket” and the You Text, You, Drive, You Pay campaigns throughout these seasons.
Finally, we are reminding the public as to the speed limits throughout the village. The speed limit on Railroad Avenue is 40 MPH. The speed limit on North Avenue and Challenger Road is 35 MPH and the speed limit on Route 46 through the residential portion of town is 40 MPH. The speed limit on all other Village streets is 25 MPH. We have started a project to put speed trailers throughout the Village in different locations to increase motorist’s awareness of their actual speeds while driving. Fines for speeding vary depending on the speed limit and speed of the driver. We will also be increasing both stationary and mobile radar details to enforce violations for speeding throughout the Village.
We are committed to having our town remain a safe place for all residents and those who visit and travel through Ridgefield Park! Enjoy the Spring & Summer!