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Cell Phone Use Most Frequent Pedestrian Safety Month Violation

Fair Lawn have stepped up pedestrian and traffic safety for the past month and the results are in.

officers have issued more than 140 tickets during the department's that concludes Wednesday, Lt. Derek Bastinck said.

Since Aug. 9, officers have cracked down on motor vehicle violations by employing marked units, unmarked units and sting operations at busy intersection around town. In some cases, police used spotters to stand on street corners and radio over seatbelt and cell phone violations to police cars waiting further down the road.

Nearly a third of the 142 total tickets written as of Sept. 2 -- and more than twice the number of any other offense -- were for cell phone use, said Bastinck, who spearheaded the initiative that was intended to increase pedestrian safety awareness heading into the school year.

Police focused their crosswalk enforcement on busy intersections along Fair Lawn Avenue, Maple Avenue and River Road, and Bastinck said that about half of the 19 tickets written for a driver's failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk were the result of successful stings.

Six of the traffic stops police made resulted in arrests of individuals who had oustanding warrants, including one for $2,000 that the borough recouped, Bastinck said.

Here's a complete breakdown of the tickets written during the crackdown:

142 total tickets

-104 for moving violations (43 for cell phones; 20 for failure to observe a traffic signal;19 for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk; 12 for seatbelt; 10 were for careless driving

-32 for vehicle safety and equipment (i.e. headlights or tail lights out, no front license plate, broken mirrors, etc.)

-6 for suspended driver's license

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Go Figure September 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Good job! These are quality of life issues here in Fair Lawn. Of course, the nay sayers will say, "shouldn't you be catching the criminals." In my mind I think saving a pedestrian from getting run over can be just as important. That is why I am still in Fair Lawn....quality of life.
Tommy P September 07, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I'm sure Metzler will be happy the police are finally generating revenue as he demanded a few months back. How about dismissing the tickets of all first time offenders to demonstrate this is not a revenue stunt aimed at circumventing the 2% caps.
Cutter07410 September 07, 2012 at 05:24 AM
There were 594 fatal accidents in New Jersery in 2011 that resulted in 635 deaths. 144 of those deaths were pedestrians according to the NJ State Police. I could probably think of 144 families that wouldn't have minded a few "revenue stunts". Can't we put aside the politics and agree that drivers in this area are ridiculous? You can't drive a few blocks without seeing someone speeding or driving while using their phones. Even if these "revenue stunts" scare a few people into maybe thinking twice...I say it's worth it. Don't want to pay a fine, don't do anything illegal. Good job FLPD!

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