Today the Jackson Twp. Police Department released the following statement “we will be conducting traffic enforcement details throughout the months of June and July in an effort to prevent motor vehicle crashes.
In 2021, Jackson Township reported 1,531 motor vehicle crashes. Of those crashes, 2 were fatal.
The need for driver education and enforcement is an ongoing due to increased traffic volume within the township. Officers will be deployed at various locations known to experience a high volume of motor vehicle crashes. Officers will be looking for violations including, but not limited to, primary collision factors involving speed, red-light violations, distracted driving, unbelted drivers, and right of way violations. When violations are observed, violators will be cited and/or educated on the safety concerns associated with the violation.
The police department’s ultimate goal is to enforce and educate the driving public while reducing serious injuries and fatal collisions.
If anyone has traffic safety related questions, please contact the Jackson Twp. Traffic Safety Unit.”
Drivers in a particular neighborhood are consistently exceeding the speed limit according to a resident who recently brought her safety concerns to the mayor and council.
Resident Elzbieta Borowski of West Lake Court said she was very concerned about an ongoing problem of speeding on her block. She pleaded with the governing body and police to get involved.
“I need your help,” Borowski said. “I have lived in my house here for 22 years and in the last year and a half, I have noticed on our street, that has a speed limit of 25 miles per hour, we have speeding drivers coming through. We are on a cul-de-sac. I went to the Jackson Police Department and asked for help. “Please help the children to be safe. People are walking on the street and there are cars speeding over 50 miles per hour. This is two very small streets where this is happening,” she said.
Mayor Michael Reina responded stating “I’m going to speak to (Police) Chief (Matthew) Kunz personally, then I am going to engage members of council with the Business Administrator (Terence Wall). You are not the first complaint we received. During our last meeting, residents of Linden Drive complained about the same thing. We are going to take this seriously and look into some type of traffic calming device. Some of the roadway widths are narrower and we won’t be able to put in…a device directing people to slow down and go around but we will go back to exploring speed bumps and signs. We’ll be asking Chief Kunz for a directive for enforcement,” he said.