News for July 6, 2012

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Submitted by Lt. Jim Bennett

July 6, 2012

Traffic Notice:

Brigantine Avenue Detour July 7th

            There will be detours and traffic delays in the area of 15th and Brigantine Avenue on Saturday Afternoon for Family Fun Day. There is a parade that commences around 4pm and goes from 26th Street Field to 16th Street.  15th Street South will be closed at Bayshore and Brigantine Avenue. Revere will be closed at 16th Street. Expect heavy pedestrian traffic and delays around parade time.               

Brigantine Avenue Detours July 11th

Please be aware that from approximately 3:00pm till after 10pm, West Brigantine Avenue will be closed from 9th St South to 15th St South for the City Block Party. Traffic will be detoured to Ocean Avenue and Bayshore Avenue. Expect delays and minor backups in the evening hours.

Beach Reminders:

            Dogs on the Beaches: From Ordinance #105-1: No person shall permit or allow any dog on the public beaches in the City of Brigantine between 14th Street North and the southwestern most point of the City of Brigantine beach from May 30 to September 30, inclusive.         

             Alcohol Prohibited: From Ordinance #105-19: To consume alcoholic beverages on the public beaches shall be prohibited. This is your reminder, summonses are being issued.        

            4×4 Permit Required: it shall be unlawful to operate an automobile, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle on the beaches within the City of Brigantine without the permits provided for in this article or in violation of any provision of this article.  Permits MUST BE PERMANENTLY affixed to the REARVIEW MIRROR. Not taped, rubber banded or mounted on Plexiglas or any other manner of temporarily mounting it. Rearview mirror only, no windows, dashboards, etc.

Boat and Trailer Parking:  From Ordinance #284-33: Between May 2 and September 30 of any year, it shall be unlawful for any person to park any boat or trailer in the City of Brigantine for a continuous period of more than 48 hours in such places as parking is authorized unless the owner or operator of said boat or trailer owns or leases the property in front of which said boat or trailer is so parked. Between May 2 and September 30 of any year, boats may be parked for longer than a period of 48 hours in any street in front of any legally operated and licensed marina on the same side of said street as said marina but only within the area between the property lines of said marina property if said lines were extended into said street in front of said property.

Front Beach Restrictions:

As the result of an agreement the city entered into with the state and federal government, there will be NO DOGS, Vehicles or KITES allowed on the FRONT BEACH from Bramble Drive to Sandy Lane. There is currently fencing in place on the beach to protect the nesting areas. Please be mindful of the areas marked off as you travel the beaches

Revere Blvd Violations:

We are continuing rigorous enforcement of speeding and stop sign violations on Revere Blvd, due to the increased in traffic from the construction of Bayshore Ave. Officers are assigned to monitor the area on a random basis and will be strictly enforcing all speed and traffic laws. This is your warning, slow down and obey the Stop Signs!

Lafayette Blvd Speeding:

Complaints continue to come in regarding speeders along Lafayette Blvd. Much like Revere Boulevard, officers will be randomly running radar speed checks. This is your warning, slow down and obey the 25mph Speed Limit!

Parking Reminders:

According to NJS 39:4-135, all vehicles must be parked facing the direction of travel. Please DO NOT park facing oncoming traffic. Parking so as to block a sidewalk is also prohibited under NJS 39:4-138(f). It creates a safety hazard for pedestrians, forcing them to enter the roadway to pass by your vehicle.

Lottery and Check Scam:

Over the past two weeks, Det. Spina handled a couple lottery scam calls. Residents were mailed a check (unsolicited) for $3500.00 which was to cover a “processing” fee of $1950.00. The fee was for an alleged $50000.00 lottery prize the caller had “won”. The check was issued from a bank called “Lexington INSUEANCE Company”. Spelling mistakes aside, this is very clearly a scam, that will result in you having a very large overdraft if you attempt to cash or deposit and draw money from the check. The saying “If it looks to good to be true, it probably is” is appropriate here. Please do NOT attempt to cash an unsolicited check you may receive in the mail, especially if there are glaring errors and it’s to cover any type of “fee”. Contact Detective Spina to report it, if you get one in the mail.

For the week ending July 6, 2012 , the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 560 calls for service, including 100 Motor Vehicle Stops/Incidents (with 60 Summonses issued and 2 DWI arrests), 6 Domestic Disputes and 4 Traffic Accidents. Our officers also issued 4 Alcohol on Beach summonses and 6 No 4×4 Permit summonses.

We ask for your continued vigilance and remind our residents to keep your vehicles and homes locked!

All persons listed are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

As a reminder, anyone with information on a crime or wishing to report a crime can anonymously contact the Brigantine Police Department 609-266-7414 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-658-8477

Don’t just call…call with information together, we can make a difference!!

Phone Numbers you may need & working with the police

What number do I call?
            Call 9-1-1 if it IS a life-threatening emergency or a
crime in progress.

Call 266-7414 if it IS NOT a life threatening
emergency, you need an officer, and to report
suspicious activity. You would also call this number
to file a police report.
Call 266-7414 for general information or questions
about the Brigantine Police Department.

What do I need to tell them when I call?

WHAT happened
WHEN did it happen
WHERE did it happen
WHO did it
Give a suspect and/or vehicle
description, if you have one.
                                    Suspect:
• Race/Sex
• Clothing worn
• Height/Weight
• Hair Color/Style/Length
• Other identifying marks/traits
                                   

Vehicle:
• Color
• Make/Model/Year
• License plate number
• Direction of travel
• Other identifying features

Do I have to give my name, address or phone number?
No; however, it is helpful to have that information in
case we need to re-contact you for additional
information.

Will the officer stop and talk to me?
            Not unless you specifically request it. If you want to
speak with the officer, tell the dispatcher when you
call in. Many times the dispatcher will ask if you
want the officer to stop by and speak with you.

Traffic Notices:

Construction continues on Bayshore Avenue. Traffic detours change as the pavers make their way northbound. Be aware of changing patterns.

Be aware of ongoing construction repair in the area of Roosevelt Blvd, from Bayshore to Sheridan.           

Please WATCH FOR CHILDREN and SLOW DOWN as you approach the intersection of West Shore and Lafayette. Although the stop sign is down, the speed limit is still 25mph.

Reminder for Motorist AND Pedestrians:

Effective April 2010, the pedestrian crosswalk laws in NJ changed. There is increased responsibility on BOTH drivers and pedestrians in order to make us all safer. Please read and take note of the following excerpt from NJ 39:3-46 traffic statute:

The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

PEDESTRIANS MUST obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.

Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety assists county, municipal and law enforcement agencies with education, public awareness and enforcement of the bicycle helmet law and other bicycle safety issues.

Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles.

Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage

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