Route 539 Detail Results in 109 Summonses Issued

Aug 30, 2017

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that the recently concluded traffic safety enforcement initiative along Route 539 yielded 109 summonses issued for various infractions. The nearly three-week detail, which concluded early last month, resulted in 268 vehicles stopped. Speeding violations topped the detail list with 31 summonses issued, and commercial vehicles were cited for 15 violations. There were two arrests for drug possession.

The multi-jurisdictional initiative covers the mostly rural route between Tuckerton and Plumsted Township, and encompasses seven municipal jurisdictions traversing 38 miles of roadway. These include Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor, Stafford, Barnegat and Lacey townships. 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.

“The initiative raised significant awareness among the motoring public regarding the safety issues along Route 539, but more important it has coordinated efforts by Ocean County Law Enforcement, Engineering and Road Departments to take important steps toward making commuting along Route 539 safer,” Coronato said.

He said the enforcement element of the detail sought 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, inattentive driving, improper turning, failing to yield, disregard of traffic signal, following too closely and various commercial carrier violations such as overweight, equipment maintenance and brake pressure.

Coronato said even though the coordinated enforcement element has concluded, policing agencies along the route will continue to make patrols a priority.

“Now that the partnership logistics and plans have been worked out, the coordinated enforcement element can be quickly reinstituted in the event of increased reports of accidents or dangerous driving behaviors,” he said. —E.E.

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