Grant Helps Harvey Cedars Raise Traffic, Pedestrian Safety Awareness 

Sep 06, 2017

This summer, Harvey Cedars police have been active in a safety enforcement campaign designed to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians about obeying New Jersey traffic laws.

“Through this enforcement effort, we can increase public awareness about pedestrian safety and ultimately reduce injuries and deaths,” said Chief Robert Burnaford. “This enforcement and education campaign will run through through May 31, 2018, and is made possible by a grant awarded to the Harvey Cedars Police Department by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.”

Burnaford said the grant of approximately $10,000 was used for placing extra patrols on the streets to educate and enforce pedestrian and traffic laws.

“The purpose of this campaign is not to write tickets,” he said. “We want pedestrians to learn about the life-saving importance of crossing at crosswalks and walking against traffic. Also, we want bicyclists and motorists to share the road and obey traffic laws. By doing all of that, compliance with the law will increase, and crashes involving pedestrians will be reduced.”

Patrolman Tim Butler, who is traffic safety officer, said police also handed out traffic and pedestrian safety brochures during the weekly free concerts at Sunset Park.

“Sometimes, an officer would be placed at an intersection that has a large volume of pedestrian and bicycle traffic,” said Butler. “He would be there to educate and remind people to bicycle with traffic and walk against traffic.”

Butler said the initiative was separate from the department’s participation in the Jersey Transportation Authority’s Street Smart Campaign, a collaborative effort among public, private and nonprofit organizations that aims to change pedestrian and motorist behaviors through education and enforcement. Harvey Cedars joined the program last year and hosted a kickoff rally.

“I’m sure that our involvement in the Street Smart campaign helped us get the grant,” he said. “Our participation shows that we have raised awareness about this important issue.”

Burnaford said that during the off-season, the department could raise awareness by giving programs in schools.

“Then when the weather gets warm again, we can get our extra patrols out on the road,” he said. —E.E.

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