LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nearly two months after launching the return of a program meant to enhance traffic enforcement on Livingston’s biggest “problem streets” while also educating the public about them, the Livingston Police Department addressed the progress made as a result and some of the changes that still need to be made, as the project is still in its experimental phase.
According to Livingston Traffic Lt. Reese Riley, the overall feedback has been generally positive, saying, “For the most part, people are happy and glad to see us.”
“Of course, there are your few detractors who have stated we aren't doing enough; but that's with everything,” he said. “I have certainly done my best to address everyone's concerns.”
Lt. Riley also stated that he is pleased with the number of residents who have reached out and shown a genuine interest in the safety of their neighborhoods.
“We have done our best to allocate available resources to requested streets and areas that we deem require extra attention,” he said “Certain streets that may have been overlooked in the past are getting the attention that they may not have received in the past.”
Chief Gary Marshuetz added that Livingston’s officers have “embraced the initiative and recognize the importance of their presence.”
“The education they provide to not only violators, but also to residents who they come in contact with, has been extremely well received,” said Marshuetz. “They have taken a real interest in the program and provide valuable input and feedback as well.”
After disappearing from the department’s practices a few decades ago, the program was brought back in July and is based around the “Three E’s of Traffic Enforcement”—Enforcement, Education and Engineering.
In addition to enforcing the rules of the road on these streets, the department is also learning which areas of the township need more attention while educating the public about the problem streets. Having an officer stationed on each “problem street” will also help the department better determine where there are engineering issues, such as a need for signage, according to the chief.
Each week, the department has been informing the public about a select few streets that will see additional police presence for the duration of the week.
On Tuesday, the department has announced that from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20, there will be an enhanced police presence on W. McClellan Avenue, Amherst Place, N. Ashby Avenue, Hillside Terrace and Wynnewood Road.
Until then, police continue to concentrate on Sherbrooke Parkway, Torrance Drive, East/West Drive, W. Cedar Street and Beaufort Avenue.
The department is also encouraging residents to let them know about streets they feel should be included on the list by calling in suggestions to Traffic Lt. Reese Riley at 973-992-3000 ext. 3200.
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