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The traffic division is tasked with both the enforcement side of
traffic regulation. Such responsibilities include enforcement of
traffic laws, regulation of commercial vehicles, roadway signage
and maintenance of statistical data with regard to traffic
volume throughout the Township.
The overall goal of the Traffic Division is that of voluntary
compliance with posted speed limits and overall traffic laws and
regulations as promulgated by the State of New Jersey and the
Township of Rockaway.
When voluntary adherence to motor vehicle laws and regulations
fail, the officers within the traffic bureau initiate the three
“E’s” of traffic regulation. They are as follows:
· Evaluation – to determine the scope of a problem within a
· Education - (where applicable) to educate the motoring public
on specific laws as they apply to the area – i.e. the speed
· Enforcement – when the education fails or requires further
reinforcement, officers will enforce motor vehicle laws through
the issuance of motor vehicle summonses.
The traffic division also fulfills many tasks and requirements
“behind the scenes” such as maintenance of all records regarding
Driving While Intoxicated (D.W.I.) statistics, speed surveys
conducted on Township roadways, evaluates the need for new or
improved street signage and lighting, and completes the
necessary documentation to have abandoned vehicles properly and
lawfully disposed of.
In the year 2005 the Traffic Safety Bureau worked
with the Department of Transportation on applications for Title 39
(New Jersey Motor Vehicle Law) for several projects that include the
Market Place at Rockaway (Wal-Mart), Transmark (Strip Mall by Access
Road #1), Olive Garden, and the Rockaway Mall. This will ensure that
the Rockaway Township Police can enforce laws pertaining to traffic
signs, parking areas, and traffic signals.
The Traffic Safety Bureau also worked with Morris County Department
of Engineering, Board of Education, and Mt Hope Rock to improve
parking in the area in front of Dwyer School. Also, two flashing 25
MPH School Zone Speed Limit signs were installed in front of Dwyer
School to advise vehicles of the speed limit when children are
present to help ensure the safety of the children.
Improvements were made in the area of Commons Way on Green Pond Road
at our request for better line stripping and configuration of the
line designs. The Traffic Safety Bureau also applied to the N.J.
Department of Transportation for a cross walk and flashing
pedestrian light at KDM School and Camp Hudsonia due to increased
pedestrian traffic resulting from the new recreation fields. The
Traffic Safety Bureau received a grant for $25,000.00 for a Traffic
Safety Vehicle to enforce speed limits on roadway with “Safe
Corridors”. The grant was approved as a result of our Radar
Enforcement Details and Work Zone Safety Training that officers
The Traffic Safety Bureau coordinated a “Welcome Home Parade” for
our troops that returned from Iraq in March. The parade started at
the Rockaway Mall and concluded at the Dover Armory. The Traffic
Safety Bureau assisted Picatinny Arsenal Police with traffic control
for Armed Forces Day which was attended by approximately 10,000
people. We also coordinated traffic control for such events as
Rockaway Township Police Athletic League Motor Cycle Run, Special
Olympics Motor Cycle Run, Gooches Garlic Run, and the Breast Cancer
Walkathon sponsored by St Clare’s Hospital.
The Traffic Safety Bureau participated in “You Drink You Drive You
Lose” Mobilization Program. Several random roving saturation DWI
Patrol Details were conducted in 2005. Also, a DWI Road Block Safety
Check Point was set up in the Township of Rockaway on Green Pond
Road to raise driver’s awareness about the dangers of drinking and
driving through high visibility and educational materials.
The Traffic Safety Bureau also ran 345 Directed Radar Enforcement
Patrols on specific roadways where speeding violations were
occurring. Directed Patrols were also conducted on specific roadways
to help enforce a new local ordinance pertaining to weight limits on
The Traffic Safety Bureau has been conducting speed analysis of
selected roadways within the Township during the year which will be
utilized for consideration of present and future requests for speed
During 2005 the Traffic Bureau purchased a second Speed Monitor
Trailer and twenty-five (25) portable 25 MPH signs to educate/remind
the general public of speed limits in various areas of the Township.
The purchase of our initial Speed Monitor Trailer in 2000, has
proven to be an effective tool in educating motorists to comply with
speed limits within the Township of Rockaway.
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