WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Complaints concerning kids gathering at the Wesmont Train Station parking lot after dark and drivers speeding through town were raised by a concerned citizen at the Wood-Ridge Borough Council meeting on Wednesday.

The resident complained of cars speeding through side streets, going through stop signs and expressed heightened concern about the safety of children, especially as school lets out for summer and the weather has warmed.  With children home for the summer, and activities curtailed to local neighborhoods, he stated with the speeding cars it was not safe to have children playing in front of their houses.

In regards to the young people congregating at the New Jersey Transit parking lot at Wesmont station, the resident stated that it starts about 8 pm and goes past midnight, with loud music, cars doing burnouts, and loud noise.  When residents ask them to quiet down, while many are respectful and comply, they have also gotten vulgar responses as well.

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The resident said that he had complained to the police in the past, and they said that there was little they could do, since it is the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Transit Police.

Mayor Paul Sarlo addressed some of the concerns, noting that while he believes the Wood-Ridge Police do a good job in controlling traffic and speeding through town, he would address the situation with Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin to give it a little more attention.  

He noted that since the weather has gotten nice, more people are out, and traffic has increased as Governor Murphy has started to open up New Jersey a bit more from the stay-at-home orders.

Regarding the NJ Transit lot, Sarlo stated that there must have been a miscommunication between the police and the resident, since the Wood-Ridge police do have jurisdiction over the area since it resides in Wood-Ridge. 

Borough Administrator Christopher Eilert also addressed the issue, stating that the confusion could have come from the fact that NJ Transit does have jurisdiction over the lot, it is primarily for parking issues.  The Wood-Ridge police department does not monitor parking at the lot.


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