LPD
Mission Statement

Administrative Bureau
D.A.R.E
Crime Prevention
School Resource Officer
Gang Awareness

Field Operations Bureau
Patrol Division
Detective Bureau
Traffic Bureau

Support Services
Records Bureau
Lyndhurst Police Auxiliary
Crisis Response Team
Community Emergency Response Team

Traffic Bureau

The Traffic Bureau, under the supervision of P.O. Nick Coviello and P.O. Francis O'Rourke, has a continuing responsibility to help keep vehicle traffic moving safely and expeditiously along the roadway of the Township. The Traffic Bureau deals with any matter concerning vehicular parking and handles motor vehicle accident reporting and investigating.

Traffic Safety
• New Child Car Seat / Seat Belt Law
• Motorized Scooters
• Bicycle Safety
• Pedestrian Safety
• Abandonment of Motor Vehicle
• Alcohol Awareness
• Ice and Snow
• New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program
• Cell Phone Law

TRAFFIC SAFETY
Speeding Complaints

The Lyndhurst Police Department actively responds to complaints of ongoing speeding problems and other traffic infractions occurring within the township.

If you believe there is a speeding or other recurring traffic problem on your street or in your neighborhood, you may submit a request for directed enforcement.

If the nature of your complaint pertains to speeding, the Traffic Bureau may setup its speed trailer in the problem area. This radar-equipped unit gives each passing vehicle a visual readout of its speed and reminds residents of what the actual posted speed limit is. Oftentimes, people simply don’t realize how fast they are going and deployment of the trailer serves to heighten awareness. Use of the trailer also enables the Traffic Bureau to conduct unobtrusive traffic studies to determine if any changes such as additional traffic signals, signs or traffic calming measures are needed. This equipment also contains a counter to measure the volume of traffic in a given area.

HOW TO SUBMIT A REQUEST:
For your convenience, we have made a traffic enforcement request form available online. In order to view it, you will need Adobe Reader software installed on your computer, version 4 or higher.

Print out the form after it is completed and mail or deliver it to the Lyndhurst Police Department, Attention Traffic Bureau.


NEW CHILD CAR SEAT / SEAT BELT LAW
When and How to Buckle up!

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians
P.O. Nick Coviello
P.O. Donna Niland
P.O. Geoffrey Rejent

The following information was comprised from various training aides and studies conducted by professional child restraint advocate groups; however, the Lyndhurst Police Department urges you to thoroughly read your vehicle’s manual and the instruction manual for each CRS you install. In addition, the return of registration cards that are provided by the manufacturer of the CRS are important for receiving information on recalled car seats or car seat parts.

#39:3-76.2a Child passenger restraint system; booster seat, use; failure to use not contributory negligence; inadmissibility in evidence.

1. Every person operating a motor vehicle, other than a school bus, equipped with safety belts who is transporting a child under the age of eight years and weighing less than 80 pounds on roadways, streets or highways of this state, shall secure the child in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat, as described in federal motor vehicle safety standard number 213, in a rear seat. If there are no rear seats, the child shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat, as described in federal motor vehicle safety standard number 213. In no event shall failure to wear a child passenger restraint system or to use a booster seat be considered as contributory negligence, nor shall the failure to wear the child passenger restraint system be admissible as evidence in the trial of any civil action. L.1983,c.128,s.1; amended 2001, c.244, s.1.
39:3-76.2f seat belt usage requirements for persons ages 8-18; driver's responsibility.

2. A. Except as provided in p.l.1983, c.128 (c.39:3-76.2a et al.) For children under eight years of age and weighing less than 80 pounds, all passengers under eight years of age and weighing more than 80 pounds, and all passengers who are at least eight years of age but less than 18 years of age, and each driver and front seat passenger of a passenger automobile operated on a street or highway in this state shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system as defined by federal motor vehicle safety standard number 209.

The driver of a passenger automobile shall secure or cause to be secured in a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, as defined by federal motor vehicle safety standard number 209, any passenger who is at least eight years of age but less than 18 years of age.

All rear seat passengers 18 years of age or older of a passenger auromobile operated ona street or highway in this State shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system as defined by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 209.

For the purposes of the "passenger automobile seat belt usage act," the term "passenger automobile" shall include vans, pick-up trucks and utility vehicles.

Purpose of child restraint system (CRS):
• prevents ejection
• distributes forces to the strongest part of the skeleton
• spreads crash forces
• provides a “ride down” benefit

Statistics: most recent data estimates that CRS are:
• 71% effective in reducing deaths for infants in passenger vehicles
• 54% effective in reducing toddler deaths
• 69% effective in reducing need for hospitalization
• Children are 37% less likely to be fatally injured if riding in the rear seat

What CRS (“car seat”) is the safest for my child?
• the one that fits your child
• the one that fits the car
• the one that is used correctly every time

Selecting a CRS:
1. Infant carrier - new born, 5 lbs - 20 and 1 year old
2. Convertible - after 1 yoa and 20 lbs, up to 40 lbs
3. Booster - 30 lbs - 80 lbs (harness to 40 lbs)
4. Special needs (car bed) - under 5 lbs, other medical
5. Vehicle seat belt - 8 yoa or 80 lbs; front seat at 12 yoa

Selecting a location for your CRS:
• Tough choices are made by parents regarding the location and may be dependent on type of vehicle, number of children, or other factors.
• An infant carrier or other rear facing CRS should never be placed on the front seat (w/airbags), unless airbag can be disabled or switched to off.
• in general, the rear seat is the safest for your CRS
• in general, the center (rear) is the safest for your CRS
• It should be noted that on many vehicles, “latch” may not be available for rear, center.
• The CRS must fit properly on the seat regarding contour, physical dimensions, and slope/angle of seat.

Nomenclature of vehicle restraint system:
Safety/seat belt
• webbing-fabric of belt
• anchor points-where belt is attached to vehicle frame or seat
• latch plate-metal tongue
• buckle-receptacle for latch plate
• retractor-devise that winds up webbing

Types of latch plates
• locking-locks; requires manual adjustment
• sliding-no locking bar; slides freely
• sewn-permanently attached; sewn in place
• switchable- sliding that can be switched to locking

Types of retractors
• automatic locking (ALR)-locks belt in place after being pulled out a certain length, and then fed back in
• emergency locking (ELR)-locks belt with sudden stop of vehicle
• switchable-can be changed from ELR to ALR

Nomenclature of a CRS:
1. Shell/frame
2. Base - for infant carrier, portion that secures to vehicle seat
3. Padding/cover - material
4. Harness slots - on seat back, for path of harness straps. For a rear facing child, the straps should enter the slots at or below the childs shoulders. For a forward facing child, the straps should enter the slots at or above the childs shoulders.
5. Harness straps (3 point, 5 pt., tray shield, t-shield) should be snug on child
6. Retainer clip - across chest at armpit level
7. Splitter plate - secures harness straps at rear of CRS
8. Buckle - for latch plate on harness straps
9. Belt path - for seatbelt or latch belt, secures CRS to seat. There are two belt paths for convertible seats; one for rear facing and one for forward
10. Recline adjustment - for rear facing, 35-45 degree angle
11. Level indicator - to achieve proper angle
12. Latch - alternate system to vehicle seatbelt
13. Adjustable foot - used to achieve proper angle
14. Locking clip - h shaped clip used to clip belt webbing together at free sliding latch plate to prevent webbing from slipping through. Never use as a belt shortener.
15. Belt shortener - similar to locking clip, but heavier, and can be obtained by vehicle manufacturer. Clip is used to shorten lap belts around a CRS

Vehicle seat belt vs. “latch”
Latch (lower anchorage and tether system) secures the CRS to the vehicle seat by way of straps that go through the CRS belt path and clip onto the vehicle’s lower anchorage system. The lower anchorage system is located near the seat bight (where back of seat meets seat portion). Other CRS models have fixed clips that extend out from CRS and clip onto anchorage. The tether strap extends from rear, top of CRS and clips to the tether anchorage point in the vehicle. The tether strap reduces forward movement and rotation of the seat. *never use a tether strap on a rear facing CRS, unless otherwise instructed by that specific make/model (e.g.. Britax). Latch is equally as strong as a vehicle belt and should be selected based on preference, convenience, and CRS /vehicle suggestions.

Quick Tips

Infants/rear facing:
• 1 year old and 20 pounds
• harness straps (in slots) at or below shoulders
• do not use tether strap, unless specifically instructed by CRS manufacturer
• 35-45 degree angle. Angle may be achieved by utilizing swimming pool “noodles” or rolled a towel (not both) if adjustable foot does not correct the angle alone.
• most rear facing, up to 30 pound capacity
• never in front of an airbag
• harness clip at armpit level, and straps snug
• carry handle down when locked in base for transport
• 1” test - when installed, the CRS should not slide (at its base) more than 1 inch in either direction

Forward facing:
• child is at least 1 year old and 20 lbs. No more than 40 lbs. (read manual. Most harness straps have a suggested capacity of up to 40 lbs. There are exceptions.)
• harness straps (in slots) at or above shoulders
• retainer clip across chest, at armpit level

Booster seats:
• should be in booster until 8 years old or 80 lbs
• 40-80 lbs. (most harness straps good up to 40 lbs)
• child’s ears should be below booster or vehicle seat back
• seatbelt should be over shoulder and snug across chest, not across neck (belt positioning booster- BPB, may be needed)
• never use BPB with just a lap belt
• never use a locking clip with a BPB
• if child is under 8 years old, and over 80 lbs, they may use a seatbelt, however, it is suggested that a child does not ride in the front seat with an airbag until 12 years of age

* for integrated car seats, see vehicle’s manual

Common mistakes with the installation of CRS:
• failure to read instructions
• seatbelt/latch not securing seat tightly
• child facing forward too soon
• harness straps in wrong slots
• locking clip not used when required
• retainer clip not used correctly
• harness straps not tight enough
• wrong choice of CRS for child
• using a re-called or unsafe seat
• foreign objects used to secure or modify a seat

Correct installation tips
• install CRS as tightly as possible without causing damage to vehicle belt or CRS
• install facing in the proper direction
• place belt through correct belt path
• place your knee in CRS and apply weight to compress vehicle’s seat cushion
• buckle belt, or latch, and tighten before releasing compressed seat cushion. For ALR or switchable retractors, you must activate the retractor’s locking mechanism. If using a locking latch plate (ie. Lap belt only), be sure the latch plate is locked and secure.

Aftermarket products
• products that are made by other manufacturing companies to be used on or with your brand of CRS
• may not be federally crash tested
• may provide illusion of added safety
• may compromise safety; degrade belt performance


Contacts for CRS services
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) www.nhtsa.dot.gov., (888) 327-4236
• National Safe Kids Campaign, www.safekids.com
• Safety Belt Safe USA, www.carseat.org
• Consumer Products Safety Commission, www.cpsc.gov.
• US Governments Auto Safety Hotline, 1-800-424-9393

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MOTORIZED SCOOTERS
Legality of operating on Public Roadways

We have been receiving inquires about motorized scooters or “Go-Peds.” Many parents who call are unaware that they are not only dangerous, but also illegal to operate on public roadways.

The recent popularity of motorized scooters has raised the issue of legality of such devices on public roadways. Motorized scooters or skateboards are sometimes referred to as “Go-Peds” and can cost up to $600.00. Much of the recent attention has been focused on the danger of these devices, corroborated by emergency room visits by their operators. They can be difficult to see by motorists, and the wheels are so narrow that they are vulnerable to pavement cracks.

With regard to current law, the Department of Transportation has publicly stated that motorized scooters are motor vehicles and therefore subject to Title 39 (Motor Vehicle & Traffic Laws). Some area police departments have issued unregistered or uninsured motorist summonses. Others stop the rider and confiscate the motorized scooter.

A motorized scooter or skateboard falls under the definition of “motor vehicle” in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1. A “motorcycle” includes all motor-operated bicycles, whether it has a seat or a “platform on which the driver stands.” Accordingly, such devices may not be operated on public property or roadways because they do not meet the State and Federal Department of Transportation standards for motorcycles. It is not conceivable the manufacturer intended for this vehicle to be licensed as a motorcycle since it does not bear the necessary DOT certification. As with other motorized vehicles which are prohibited from being operated on public roads, the Go-Ped would be restricted to use on private property provided the owner of the property consented to such use.
Operating a Go-Ped on a sidewalk would be prohibited under Title 39:4-71. These same restrictions against use on public streets and sidewalks apply to off-road dirt bikes, mini-bikes, go-carts, etc.

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BICYCLE SAFETY
Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles.

Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage.

Safety Tips for Bicycle Riders:

Obey all traffic laws.
In New Jersey, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.

  • ride on the right
  • obey all signals
  • travel no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded
  • ride with traffic

Wear an approved bicycle helmet.

  • make sure the helmet fits properly (see details in: "Helmet Tips for Bicycle Riders")

Make sure your bicycle fits you and is in good working order.
Inspect the following before each ride to make sure your bicycle is in good working order:

  • tires/wheels
  • brakes
  • chain
  • lights
  • reflectors
  • bell
  • spare inner tube and tire levers/irons
  • seat height

Wear comfortable reflective clothing conducive to weather conditions (not too baggy)

Ride within your abilities

  • avoid busy streets
  • ride a properly sized bicycle
Do not:
  • attempt stunts or tricks
  • ride with more people on the bike than it is designed to accommodate
  • "hitch" rides by holding on to moving vehicles
  • weave in and out of traffic, or between cars
  • carry loads unless equipped with proper baskets or panniers
  • ride against traffic
  • ride at night without lights

Helmet Tips for Bicycle Riders:

  • Buy a helmet that meets the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute or Snell Memorial Foundation.
  • Always ensure a proper fit by tightening the chin strap to keep the helmet from slipping. Only two fingers should fit under the chin strap.
  • While the law requires anyone under the age of 17 to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet, all riders are strongly encouraged to use one.

For further info, visit http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/bike-tips.html

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

MOTORISTS in New Jersey MUST stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to one or more of the following:

  • 2 POINTS
  • $200 FINE (plus court costs)
  • 15 DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • INSURANCE SURCHARGES
  • NEW JERSEY STATUTE 39:4-36
    Driver to stop for pedestrian:
    exceptions, violations. penalties.


    A. The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

    Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

    Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

    B. A person violating this section shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine to be imposed by the court in the amount of $200. The court may also impose a term of community service not to exceed 15 days.

    C. Of each fine imposed and collected pursuant to subsection B. of the section, $100 shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer who shall annually deposit the moneys into the "Pedestrian Safety Enforcement and Education Fund" created by section 1 of PL 2005, c 84 (C.39:4-36.2)

    PEDESTRIANS MUST obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections. Both carry a $54.00 fine for failure to observe the law.
    (C.39:4-32 and 33)
Pedestrians:
  • Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.

  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine (court costs additional; C.39:4-32, 33)
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • Obey traffic signals, especially "Walk/Don't Walk."
  • Remain alert! Don't assume that cars are going to stop.
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
  • Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck.
Motorists:
  • Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Failure to stop carries a $200 (court costs additional) fine, a 2 point license penalty, 15 days community service, and insurance surcharges. (C.39:4-36)
  • Watch for pedestrians when turning right on red.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Keep your windshield clean for maximum visibility.
  • Be alert for pedestrian at all times.

Children and senior citizens are at a higher risk of being struck by a motor vehicle. Special emphasis must be made to educate children and seniors about the importance of walking safely.

Children:
  • Cross at intersections only.
  • Never cross from in-between parked cars.
  • Before crossing, look left, right and left again and listen for traffic.
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night.
  • If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
Seniors:
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross only at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine (court costs additional; C.39:4-32, 33)
  • Always walk facing traffic.
  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing, especially at night.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing and be on the lookout for turning vehicles.
  • Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle.
  • Learn the proper use of "Walk/Don't Walk" signals.
  • Use the buddy system. Walk and cross with others when possible.
  • If possible do not walk at night or during bad weather such as snow, rain or ice.

For further info, visit http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html

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ABANDONMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE

39:4-56.5. Abandonment. a. It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon a motor vehicle on or along any highway, other than a limited access highway, or other public property or on any private property without the consent of the owner or other person in charge of the private property. A vehicle which has remained on or along any highway or other public property or on private property without such consent for a period of more than 48 hours or for any period without current license plates shall be presumed to be an abandoned motor vehicle. Vehicles used or to be used in the construction, operation or maintenance o public utility facilities and which are left in a manner which does not interfere with the normal movement of traffic shall not be considered abandoned vehicles for the purposes of this section.

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ALCOHOL  AWARENESS
Driving While Intoxicated in New Jersey

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Additional Alcohol-Related Information & Resources

In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he/she operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent. Consuming even small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgement, vision and alertness. If you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively impacted, you can be convicted of drunk driving.

Parents and Guardians
  • A parent or guardian who is convicted of driving while intoxicated and had a passenger in the motor vehicle 17 years of age or younger, is also guilty of a disorderly persons offense. In addition, a person forfeits the right to operate a motor vehicle for a maximum of six months and must perform community service for up to five days.


    The Penalties

  • 1st Offense

  • Under New Jersey Law (P.L. 2003, CHAPTER 314), if an offender's BAC is 0.08 percent or higher, but less than 0.10 percent, or if an offender permits another person with a BAC over 0.08 percent, but less than 0.10 percent to operate a motor vehicle, the penalties are:

  • A fine of $250-$400*
  • Imprisonment for up to 30 days*
  • 3 months license suspension*
  • A minimum of 6 hours a day for 2 consecutive days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years.

    If the offenders's BAC is 0.10 percent or higher, or the person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or permits another person with a BAC of 0.10 percent to operate a motor vehicle, the penalties are:

  • A fine of $300-$500*
  • Imprisonment for up to 30 days*
  • A license suspension between 7 months and 1 year*
  • A minimum of 6 hours a day for 2 consecutive days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
  • An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years

    Offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher must install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they principally operate during the license suspension period and for a period of 6 months to 1 year after license restoration.

  • 2nd Offense
  • A fine of $500-$1,000*
  • Imprisonment of at least 48 consecutive hours, and up to 90 days*
  • 2-year license suspension*
  • 48 consecutive hours detainment in a regional Intoxicated Driver Resource Center.
  • An automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of 1 year to 3 years after license restoration.
  • 3rd Offense
  • A fine of $1,000*
  • Imprisonment of 180 days*
  • 10-year license suspension*
  • Detainment in an in-patient alcoholism treatment program
  • A fee to be paid to the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center dependent upon court sentence
  • An automobile insurance surcharge of $1500 a year for 3 years
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of 1 year to 3 years after license restoration.
  • Any Offense Also Carries
  • $100 surcharge to be deposited in the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund
  • A Motor Vehicle Commission restoration fee of $100 and an Intoxicated Driving Program fee of $100
  • A Violent Crimes Compensation Fund fee of $50
  • A Safe and Secure Community Program fee of $75
  • Registration Revocation/Ignition Interlock

    In addition to these penalties, judges may order the revocation of the vehicle registration (Public Law 2000, Chapter 83).

    The ignition interlock device, which measures the driver's blood alcohol level, may be required for up to three years following license restoration after a DWI conviction. Any person may start a motor vehicle equipped with an interlock device for safety reasons or to repair the device or motor vehicle, but the convicted offender
    may not operate the vehicle.

    A person who, on behalf of the convicted offender, blows into an interlock device to start a motor vehicle or tampers with the device to circumvent its operation may be charged with a disorderly persons offense.

    MVC Ignition Interlock Page

    Consequences of Underage Drinking and Driving

    In New Jersey, you must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Underage drinking is illegal and can have severe consequences for young people who drink and for adults who provide alcoholic beverages to those under 21.

    If you are under 21 and buy or drink alcohol in a place with an alcohol beverage license, you may be fined $500 and lose your driver license for 6 months. If you do not have your driver license, the suspension starts when you are first eligible to receive a license. Also you may be required to participate in an alcohol education or treatment program.

    If you are under 21, drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system (.01 BAC or above), and are convicted for violating New Jersey's zero tolerance law, the penalties are:

    • Loss or postponement of driving privileges for 30 to 90 days
    • 15 to 30 days of community service
    • Participation in an alcohol and traffic safety education program
    Driving with a Suspended License Due to Driving While Intoxicated – The Penalties are:
    • A fine of $500*
    • 10 to 90 days imprisonment*
    • 1 to 2 years added license suspension*
    • If you are involved in a crash while your license is suspended and someone is hurt, you face a mandatory 45 day jail sentence*
    • Revocation of motor vehicle registration*
    Refusal to Submit to Breath Test – The Penalties are:
    • 1st offense -
      $300-$500 fine and a license suspension of not less than seven months or more than one year*
    • 2nd offense -
      $500-$1,000 fine and a 2-year license suspension*
    • 3rd offense -
      $1,000 fine and a 10-year license suspension*
    • Installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of 6 months to 1 year after license restoration for the 1st offense, 1 year to 3 years for the 2nd and 3rd offenses.
    • Automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years for 1st and 2nd offenses, $1,500 for 3rd offense
    • $100 surcharge to be deposited in the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund
    • Referral to an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
    Possessing an Open Container in the Passenger Compartment – The Penalties are:
    • 1st offense - $200
    • 2nd offense - $250 fine or 10 days of community service
    * If occurring within a school zone or school crossing,
    this penalty is increased under Public Law 99, Chapter 185.

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    ICE AND SNOW
    Remove It Before You Go

    Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It's the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

    Winter Driving Tips
    • Drive slow (at or below the posted speed limit) and adjust your speed for the changing road conditions.
    • Turn on your headlights, using low beams when traveling in snow.
    • Increase your following distance. In winter weather, travel at least eight to 10 seconds behind the car in front of you.
    • Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Don't tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution in doing so. Remember, a snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see him, but they don't always see you.
    • If you skid, don't brake or accelerate. Remove your foot from the gas, and gently steer your car in the direction of the skid (the direction the rear of your vehicle is sliding.) When your car starts heading in the desired direction, carefully straighten the wheel.
    • Slow down before exiting the highway. Exit ramps often have icy patches, sharp curves and stalled or stopped vehicles.
    • Have a personal safety kit easily accessible in your vehicle that includes: an ice scraper/brush; shovel; jumper cables or battery starter; blanket; sand, salt or kitty litter for traction; lock de-icer; flashlight and new batteries; extra windshield wiper fluid; safety flares/warning device; cell phone with spare battery; water and non-perishable food (i.e., granola or protein bars); and paper towels or a cloth.
    • If your vehicle does become disabled, pull off the road as far as possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Remain with your vehicle until help arrives. If you can't get your vehicle off the road and are uncertain about your safety, do not stay in your vehicle or stand behind it. Proceed carefully to a safe location away from traffic.
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    NEW JERSEY GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSE PROGRAM

    What is the New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program?
    If a person is under 21 years old or has never had a driver license, New Jersey requires that they complete a period of supervised driving before getting a basic driver license. The New Jersey Graduated Driver License (GDL) program introduces driving privileges in phases.There are three options to complete the program:

    Each option has different steps, but upon completion of all steps, drivers are awarded an unrestricted basic driver license.

    What restrictions are placed on my teen driver with the New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program (GDL)?
    Drivers holding a GDL license have the following restrictions placed upon them:

    • May not drive between 11:01 and 5:00am.
    • May not have more than one passenger (besides his or her dependents or is accompanied by a parent or guardian)
    • May not use a cell phone (including hands free) or any other hand-held electronic device (Note: GPS systems - portable or built in - and iPods connected to a vehicle's sound system are permitted, but a teen should not make any adjustments to these devices while driving)
    • May not plea-bargain any point carrying offense

    For further info, visit http://njteendriving.com/gdl

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    CELL PHONE LAW

    39:4-97.3 Use of hands-free wireless telephone in moving vehicle; definitions; enforcement.

    a. The use of a wireless telephone or electronic communication device by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway shall be unlawful except when the telephone is a hands-free wireless telephone or the electronic communication device is used hands-free, provided that its placement does not interfere with the operation of federally required safety equipment and the operator exercises a high degree of caution in the operation of the motor vehicle.

    b. The operator of a motor vehicle may use a hand-held wireless telephone while driving with one hand on the steering wheel only if:
    (1) The operator has reason to fear for his life or safety, or believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against himself or another person; or
    (2) The operator is using the telephone to report to appropriate authorities a fire, a traffic accident, a serious road hazard or medical or hazardous materials emergency, or to report the operator of another motor vehicle who is driving in a reckless, careless or otherwise unsafe manner or who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A hand-held wireless telephone user's telephone records or the testimony or written statements from appropriate authorities receiving such calls shall be deemed sufficient evidence of the existence of all lawful calls made under this paragraph.

    As used in this act: "Hands-free wireless telephone" means a mobile telephone that has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of such mobile telephone, by which a user engages in a conversation without the use of either hand; provided, however, this definition shall not preclude the use of either hand to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the telephone.

    "Use" of a wireless telephone or electronic communication device shall include, but not be limited to, talking or listening to another person on the telephone, text messaging, or sending an electronic message via the wireless telephone or electronic communication device.

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