WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re looking to drive somewhere in a hurry, beware. There could be a traffic officer lying in wait with a ticket.
Town police will be increasing enforcement of speed limit laws including through the use of a new low-profile radar car with “ghost graphics,” Chief Chris Battiloro announced Wednesday. The stricter enforcement will include a lower threshold of tolerance for drivers breaking posted speed limits, Battiloro said in a news release.
“Westfield Police will be utilizing a new, low-profile radar enforcement car with ghost graphics (not as visibly marked as a standard patrol car) as well as a police motorcycle newly equipped with a compact computer and printer set up for electronic ticketing,” Battiloro said.
In addition to heightened enforcement of speed limits, the chief said, officers will be more strictly enforcing pedestrian right of way laws. Police had previously announced stricter enforcement of pedestrian rights of way last April.
While relatively new to Westfield, the use of “ghost cars”— those with frosted police graphics only visible while close up — have long been used throughout New Jersey. State police announced the use of vehicles with a frosted image of the division’s logo in 2015. In Wayne, police purchased SUVs with the frosted lettering for use by its narcotics squad in 2017.
The traffic enforcement campaign in Westfield comes just before the start of the academic year during which drivers will see changes in the crossing guard program as Westfield police transfer management of crossing guards over to a national company.
Transferring the management of crossing guards to the company, All City Management Services, will free up police officers, who had been filling in for crossing guards, to focus on more critical police duties such as traffic enforcement, officials said.
Police did not assign a specific timeline for the increased enforcement.
“This is not intended to be a surprise operation,” Battiloro said. “Everyone should know that our efforts are focused on this priority for the foreseeable future, and hopefully that will result in fewer infractions.”
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