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Cranbury Township Police Department
Friday June 15th, 2018 :: 06:03 a.m. CDT

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A letter from Chief Rickey A. Varga: "Traffic Safety Update to Our Residents"

Traffic Safety Update to Our Residents



It has been brought to our attention that there have been some questions with regards to traffic safety within the Township. I feel it best to communicate via this forum and share with our residents our continued efforts against the ever growing traffic concerns that we as a community face.

As you awake this morning and head out to work or perhaps while walking to drop your children off at school, you may notice something different on Main Street. Along with the assistance of our Public Works Department, we have deployed our newly acquired electronic speed signs. These signs are designed to draw attention to, and alert drivers of their speed. If a vehicle is exceeding the posted speed limit, the signs will activate white flashing lights while displaying the vehicles speed to alert the driver to slow down. We chose to unveil these signs first on Main Street, in coordination with our 2018 “Slow Down In Our Town Campaign” kickoff to gain maximum visibility and to convey to motorists our commitment to traffic safety. In the future we will be strategically placing these signs throughout the Township and coordinating with them a zero tolerance enforcement strategy.

Over the years, we have implemented numerous programs, which I will share, to address the many different traffic safety issues we face. But first please understand; nothing is or can be as effective as police presence and traffic enforcement. Unfortunately, we all do know that your officers cannot be everywhere at the same time. Law enforcement is dynamic in nature and police officers have a momentous amount of responsibility ranging from enforcing Township Ordinances to dealing with crimes and criminal activity. Please be assured that Traffic Safety/Enforcement has been and will continue to be atop our operational priorities. You will continue to see your officers actively engaged in traffic enforcement, stopping vehicles, issuing summonses and educating motorists. And yes, there may be those times that you will observe violations when an officer is not there to apprehend the offender. I know this can be frustrating. However, it is my job as your law enforcement executive and our job as police officers to reduce and limit those instances the best we can. Can we fully eliminate traffic violations/offenders? Of course we can’t but we also are not and will not be defeatists. We will continue to work hard and through enforcement along with progressive programs we will strive to make our community one of the safest in the state.

The following are some of the programs which we have deployed in the past:

• Comprehensive Traffic Safety Plan Designed to Deploy Enforcement to Problematic Areas/Times
• Grant Funded Selective Traffic Enforcement Campaign
• Deployment of Township-Wide Pedestrian Crosswalk signs
• Grant Funded Directed Speed Patrols
• Crosswalk Enforcement Utilizing Plain Clothes Police Officers as Decoy Pedestrians
• Grant Funded Driving Under the Influence Enforcement
• Slow Down in Our Town Campaign
• Grant Funded Distracted Driver Enforcement
• Development and Activation of the Cranbury Traffic Complaint System Designed to Address Resident Complaints and Target Enforcement (one of the first of its kind in the state)
• Deployment of the Police Message/Advisory Board to Assist with Traffic Safety Compliance
• Acquisition and Deployment of the Traffic Enforcement “Ghost” Car
• Children’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Education Program

This year as in past years we worked with the Cranbury Township Committee and together in January budgeted for the following operating and capital improvements:

• Acquisition of Electronic Speed Signs
• Acquisition of a Covert Speed Data Reader/Collector (to assist in covertly identifying problem locations/times for targeted high visibility enforcement.
• The Addition of Two Dedicated Traffic Safety Officers

With these comprehensive programs and improvements, we look forward to working more efficiently towards our traffic safety goal of making Cranbury safer for us all. We encourage you, our residents, to assist our efforts by utilizing the traffic complaint system or by contacting us directly with your concerns/complaints. We have always worked together with our residents for the betterment of our community and we look forward to that continued relationship.

Respectfully,

Rickey A. Varga
Chief of Police

Address/Location
Cranbury Township Police Department
1 Logan Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-395-0031

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