Traffic Enforcement Initiative
Mayor James Davis, Chief of Police Robert Geisler and Pam O’Donnell of the Catch You Later Foundation announce the City of Bayonne Traffic Enforcement Initiative Against Aggressive and Distracted Driving.
As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic begin to fade in our rearview mirror and the time to Fall Back One Hour has pulled up alongside us the Bayonne Police Department, led by the Traffic Enforcement Unit, has begun an enforcement campaign against aggressive and distracted driving.
The disruption and anxiety that Covid-19 created in our everyday life has led to increased levels of driving infractions. Drivers get distracted by cell phone calls and text messages, take their eyes off the road or simply don't pay attention. Aggressive drivers hit the gas pedal too hard, switch lanes without warning or follow other drivers too closely. A typical road rage incident happens when at least one driver chooses to act out in anger. Usually, the driver is already feeling stress when something triggers an aggressive reaction. Many road-rage drivers reported being under duress in other areas of their lives, like work or relationships, all of which contribute to a driver's stress level, making them more vulnerable to engaging in irrational behavior.
A 2006 study finds that almost 80 percent of all crashes involve some kind of distraction in the three seconds immediately before the accident. When you're driving, the only thing that should be on your mind is the road in front of you. Put your cell phone out of reach, even if it's hands-free.
The return to Daylight Standard Time means it has become darker earlier, abruptly changing the driving conditions we are accustomed to. With the wetter weather and falling leaves road conditions deteriorate, making walking, bicycling and driving more hazardous and difficult.
This public awareness and education campaign is being backed up by high-visibility enforcement. Over the next several months, and beyond, you will see-
— DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers.
— Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of New Jersey’s cell phone law.
— Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk.
— Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.
The City of Bayonne is committed to bringing awareness to the hazards of aggressive and distracted driving. Police traffic enforcement reduces crash injuries and fatalities. We save lives.
The Department holds itself accountable for these actions and takes pride in a professional level of service to all of its citizens as well as those who visit or travel through the community. It holds a position that demands an unparalleled degree of public trust which must never be compromised.
Bayonne Police will treat all persons in a dignified and courteous manner, and exhibit an understanding of ethnic, and cultural diversity, both in our professional and personal endeavors. In the performance of its duties, the Department will uphold the principles and values embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the State of New Jersey.
The Department will provide quality service in an expeditious, efficient, and accessible manner while fostering community and employee involvement through problem solving partnerships.
Bayonne Police strive to recruit and retain the highest quality employees and provide them with the proper supervision, guidance, and training, as well as personal recognition because they are the most valuable assets in attaining goals. Fellow employees and the work environment will be treated with dignity and respect.
The Bayonne Police Department will meet the challenges of the future through careful planning, involvement in community-based social and educational programs, incorporation of technological advances, improved training, and the prudent management of personnel and resources.
For more information, please contact the Police Department at (201) 858-6900 or click here
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Located within the Department of Public Safety, the Bayonne Police Department is committed to its resources in partnership with the community to promote a safe and secure environment, free from crime, while preserving peace and enhancing the quality of life. The Department will practice its core values of integrity, respect, service, and fairness. Integrity is the hallmark of the Bayonne Police Department and it is committed to the highest degree of performance standards, ethical conduct and truthfulness in all of its actions.