The South Orange Police Department (SOPD) in conjunction with the Village President, the Board of Trustees and on behalf of several concerned residents will be increasing its aggressive enforcement of traffic safety laws. Our goal will be to curb motor vehicle violations in particular those offenses for “Failing to Stop for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk.”
The SOPD is pleased to have received this month the AAA Traffic Safety Award and also an additional $15,000 grant to roll out more traffic safety measures. While we are one of the leaders in the county and rank as one of the most aggressive departments in issuing traffic safety violations, we know more work must be done and we’re committed to delivering on that.
The Police Department, as well the Community at-large recognizes the hazards associated with the inattentive drivers that operate their vehicles on our roadways. Driving is an active skill that demands 100% of one’s focus both mentally and physically at all times. As such, all members of our police department have received explicit directions to enforce such violations and those violations that may be associated with same such as speeding, talking/texting on handheld while driving, illegal turns, failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign etc.
The Police Department also recognizes that pedestrians must be aware of their surroundings and oncoming traffic and therefore should not be utilizing any electronic device that could distract them from completing a safe crossing. Pedestrians, as well drivers, have a shared responsibility in ensuring traffic safety within our community. We hope you will join us as partners as we continue to make our village safe for all users of our roads.
Chief Kyle M. Kroll