WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Parents and students in Wood-Ridge are returning to their annual school routine this week. The first day of school in the borough is Thursday, September 5. John Korin, Wood-Ridge Police Chief, penned this letter to welcome back students and parents, with additional reminders about safety precautions.

Back to school time is upon us.  As the students are returning to school, Chief John Korin of the Wood-Ridge Police Department, would like to welcome you back to school and ensure to you that student as well as resident safety and security is of utmost importance. Members of the police department will be strategically stationed around town and in school zones. Our presence is to offer friendly reminders to residents of the lower speed limits, as well as pedestrian and driver awareness when children are present. We ask that all residents and parents note school start times and allow extra time for traveling due to the increased traffic.

In addition, the Wood-Ridge Police ask you to please review these safety tips:

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• Always obey the speed limit in school zones and stop for the crossing guard holding up the stop sign. 

• Be alert and check for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers while on the road.

• Make sure student drop off is on the same side of the road as the school. (Do Not double park)

• Never pass a school bus when loading or unloading students. Watch for the bus flashing lights and extended stop arm and note traffic in both directions must stop.

• Use caution when putting you car in reverse. Check your blind spots for pedestrians on the sidewalk and around your vehicle.

• Exercise patience for other drivers and pedestrians.

• Please do not use your phones or text while driving. 

Our objective is to work together to be visible and remind everyone in our community that safety for all is our top priority.