2017 News Release

May 26, 2017

Public Information Bureau (609) 882-2000
Major Mach Jackson - ext. 6513
Capt. Brian Polite - ext. 6514
Lt. Theodore Schafer - ext. 6515
Sgt. Jeff Flynn - ext. 6516
Tpr. I Lawrence Peele - ext. 6531
Tpr. Alejandro Goez - ext. 6527

State Police Hopes Everyone Enjoys Holiday Weekend Responsibly

West Trenton, N.J. - Memorial Day is traditionally the kick-off to the summer driving season, which means there will be more cars on the road this weekend. Whether you will be traveling to the Jersey shore or down the street with family and friends for a barbecue, motorists will need to be cautious in order to avoid tragedies.

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, there were 15 fatal crashes that resulted in 15 deaths. These types of tragedies can easily be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation applications such as Uber and Lyft, or making plans to stay with friends or family.

The New Jersey State Police have planned to significantly increase traffic enforcement details across the state from Friday, May 26 to Tuesday, May 30. During this period, more than 170 troopers will be on special details targeting aggressive driving, speed, seatbelt usage, distracted driving, and DWI in addition to regularly scheduled patrols.

Motorists are also reminded that when they see flashing lights on emergency vehicles they need to move over or be ticketed for the violation. According to New Jersey’s Move Over Law, drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and other highway safety vehicles displaying flashing lights must move over to leave an empty lane next to those vehicles.  If it is not safe to move over, drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit.

The State Police Marine Bureau will be patrolling the state’s waterways this weekend and throughout the summer looking for signs of boaters under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and reckless operation of boats and personal watercraft.

Marine troopers will also be checking to see that boat operators have obtained the proper licenses to operate watercrafts.  A good synopsis of boating requirements can be found on the State Police website at www.njsp.org under boating safety.

“Whether you are operating a boat or behind the wheel of a car, driving under the influence kills,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “On behalf of the New Jersey State Police, I wish you and your families a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend.”

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