One of the Ridgewood Police Department's highest priorities is to ensure the safety of all those who use our roadways in the Village of Ridgewood.  As we see it, our job is to make Ridgewood's roadways safer by reducing injuries, property damage, and the loss of life caused by motor vehicle crashes.  We plan to do so by promoting the three E's of traffic safety:

Engineering;

Education; &,

Enforcement.

 

Special attention is directed at areas in which we are aware of consistent traffic problems and issues that require attention, as well as in areas in which we receive complaints and concerns from our community regarding traffic problems.  Although we have a dedicated Traffic Safety Bureau, much of our education and enforcement comes from the officers assigned to our Patrol Services Bureau, who are patrolling our streets 24/7 to enforce the Vehicle & Traffic Law, investigate motor vehicle crashes, assist disabled motorists, and provide many other professional services.

Our Traffic Safety Bureau is responsible to support our initiatives by creating and implementing aggressive traffic safety program that work to save lives, reduce injuries, and save motorists millions of dollars otherwise expended as a result of highway crashes.

At the end of the day, our goal is to provide safe and efficient roadway system for the people we serve.

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety in the Village of Ridgewood has always been a concern, thus it has become one of the primary areas that the Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau has focused on.  In order to provide for the safety of the public we serve, the Traffic Safety Bureau coordinates with the Village Engineering Department, as well as the Citizen Safety Advisory Council to come up with solutions to the on-going issues the Village has faced with pedestrian safety. 

Over the past several years lighting in the Central Business District has improved, enforcement activities have increased, more noticeable and apparent crosswalks have been installed and public education on pedestrian safety has gone up.  We feel that this approach has been successful so far, and can attribute our approach to a decrease in pedestrian related incidents in our CBD. 

Although these changes have helped, we need the public’s help as well.  Please notify the police department when you see an issue that requires our attention.  Please educate yourselves on laws and safety guidelines when traveling in a motor vehicle.  Please drive carefully, and avoid distractions, especially in congested areas like our CBD.  Most of all, please be safe

Physical changes help but are only part of the equation. Educating pedestrians and the motorists is paramount. We have been doing this with programs such as endorsing the Stop Look Be Seen Be Safe program in the schools and the pedestrian decoy program where officers in plain clothes enter crosswalks to ensure motorist compliance.  Below are New Jersey laws and some safety tips from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.


Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine (court costs additional; C.39:4-32, 33)
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • 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.

Traffic Safety Bureau Staff

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