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Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes Police Issue Nearly 400 Tickets In Seat Belt Sweep

Number of summonses issued in Franklin Lakes eclipsed number in Wyckoff

Local law enforcement agencies have released statistics detailing summonses issued as a result of a .

Wyckoff Seatbelt  15 Speeding 9 Reckless Driving 1 Child Restraint 1 DWI 2 Drug Arrests 2 Cell Phone Usage 7 Other Summonses 54

 

Franklin Lakes Seatbelt  96 Speeding 12 Reckless Driving 2 Child Restraint 11 DWI 3 Drug Arrests 1 Cell Phone Usage 40 Other Summonses 138

Wyckof and Franklin Lakes police joined officers from departments in Bergen, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties in the national Click it or Ticket campaign over Memorial Day Weekend, issuing nearly 400 summonses.

"Strict enforcement and the issuance of a summons are the most effective tools to change driver behavior," said Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox. "We join with [the Passaic County task force] each year to send a message that our roadways need to be kept safe, and aggressive or unsafe driving will be met with a summons."

The Passaic County Aggressive Driving Task Force consisted of a total of 71 participating officers. The initiative netted 911 summonses; 359 of those were for seat belt violations. Five arrests were made and 12 vehicles were impounded.

The weekend sweep was the 40th conducted by the task force since its 1999 inception. The previous 39 operations resulted in nearly 34,000 summonses and 310 criminal arrests, according to a joint task force press release.

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Boyd A. Loving June 09, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I'm floored by the fact that 12 drivers didn't have their children properly restrained. What are they thinking?
NLTITAN June 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Great work!! I actually worry more about the cell phones in the car. If I were a policeman, I would have given out at lease 25-30 tickets in two hours!!

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