I write this post tonight to remind all residents of the important role you play in overall community safety. The Police Department has received numerous complaints for speeding on our residential streets. While our officers are required to conduct speed enforcement initiatives on a daily and nightly basis, in an effort to be a visible deterrent, their efforts cannot be successful without community participation.
The New Jersey State Police report the total number of fatal motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey during the 2022 calendar year totaled 655 resulting in 698 fatalities. In Morris County we saw 20 such crashes resulting in 20 fatalities. Speed is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.
Some of the most egregious violations occur on our cut through streets such as Rockwood Road, Cathedral Avenue, Brooklake Road, Crescent Road, Elm Street, and Leslie Avenue. In an effort to curb the violations on these streets, as well as all residential streets within the Borough, the Police Department’s personnel will be engaging in a significant speed reduction campaign beginning March 13th at 7:00am. While we maintain strong relationships with our community, built over several years of positive engagement, we will be utilizing limited discretion during these efforts.
Please play your part in maintaining overall community safety by obeying the speed limit and all traffic laws within the Borough.
Chief of Police
March 6, 2023