Route 539 Detail Yields Speeders, Seat Belt Violators
A late-summer traffic safety initiative on Route 539 resulted in 129 summonses issued for various infractions, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato launched the initiative last year in response to 11 fatal crashes and numerous serious accidents that had occurred on the rural highway from 2013 to July 2015.
The detail, which ran from Aug. 12 to Aug. 28, covered 38 miles of roadway between Tuckerton and Plumsted Township. The two-lane highway runs southeast to northwest through Ocean County and is frequently used by local seniors, commuters traveling to the Trenton area, tourists looking to vacation along the Jersey Shore and a large number of commercial trucks.
Aside from county law enforcement agencies, the detail also included police from Tuckerton borough and Little Egg Harbor, Stafford, Barnegat and Lacey townships. Della Fave said Coronato’s goal was to bring vigilant and aggressive enforcement of all those motor vehicle moving and equipment violations that are major contributory causes to crashes. These causes include, but are not limited to, improper passing, excessive speed, DWI, aggressive driving, improper turning, failing to yield, inattentive driving, disregard of traffic signal and following too closely.
DellaFave said there 283 motor vehicles stops, resulting in 129 summonses. These included 23 for speeding, 19 for seat belt violations and 30 for equipment malfunctions.
“Equipment violations could be anything from a tail light not working to an overdue inspection sticker,” he said. “There were no DWIs, but we did have two CDS (controlled dangerous substances) arrests and five summonses for disregarding a traffic signal.”
Della Fave added, “While we expected that some summonses would be issued, the aim of this initiative is educational. The patrolling units would prefer spending their day assisting motorists to arrive safely at their destinations, not writing tickets.”
— Eric Englund