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In Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm

The problem is a simple. There is much more money to be made in giving parking tickets than there is in enforcing moving violations. And, there is no confrontation as there would be if a policeman actually pulled a car over for failing to yield in a crosswalk or talking on a cell phone.

The problem is only going to get worse until the Ridgewood police change the priorities and take crosswalk and cell phone violations seriously.

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  1. The problem is only going to get worse until the Ridgewood police change the priorities and take crosswalk and cell phone violations seriously.

    In as much as I hate to go there, I have to keep it real.

    I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve seen police officers on their cellphones while driving. That’s not to say that this is limited to solely to Ridgewood either, but seems to be a common practice in many other areas as well.

    Now, I have no idea if this is something that is required as part of their jobs, but if not, I think they’re going to be less inclined to make a stop and confront someone for a behavior that they, themselves find acceptable.

  2. Please, Please, Please start enforcing speed limits and crosswalk yield.

    We need to make Ridgewood known as a safe village to live in.

    Please make the police ticket everyone, including their friends and neighbors, who break the law.

  3. Think about it…the only reason you see so many people on the phone while driving, and yes there are many, is simply because your personal vehicle does not have lights on it nor does it say POLICE. 9 times out of 10, the violator will see the police car before the cop sees them. So what do they do, either hang the phone up or simply place it on their lap until the cop drives by. it’s simply not as easy as you thing to find someone on the phone when your patrol car sticks out like a sore thumb. And before ya say it….forget the idea of plain clothes cops and unmarked cars. That’s not the purpose of those two things. Being on the phone while driving I would think does not warrant an undercover operation.

  4. Why don’t some citizen volunteers stand on the street corners and take photos of cars sailing through crosswalks oblivious of pedestrians and strollers, talking on their phones? The photos could be date and time stamped and given to the police department for issuing summonses. They have cameras in NYC that do this automatically –

  5. Anonymous said…
    Think about it…the only reason you see so many people on the phone while driving, and yes there are many, is simply because your personal vehicle does not have lights on it nor does it say POLICE. 9 times out of 10, the violator will see the police car before the cop sees them. So what do they do, either hang the phone up or simply place it on their lap until the cop drives by. it’s simply not as easy as you thing to find someone on the phone when your patrol car sticks out like a sore thumb. And before ya say it….forget the idea of plain clothes cops and unmarked cars. That’s not the purpose of those two things. Being on the phone while driving I would think does not warrant an undercover operation.

    I do agree. Resorting to uncover tactics to enforce cellphone laws would be overkill. However, the incidence of driver inattention as a result cellphone use is getting increasingly frightening.

    There’s nothing quite like driving down North Van Dien and having a truck coming at you head on, on your side of the road, because the driver is chatting on his cellphone.

  6. I AGREE Anonymous 3:15!!
    People think it’s soooooooooo easy to just pull someone over for talking on the cell phone. I myself, the 1 time i’ve used it while actually driving, came across a police car and i just simply let go of the phone and it dropped in my lap. He had NO idea i was on my phone.. So those of you saying the cops should waste their times “trying” to enforce that law just have no clue about it on the cops’ end. And as for the ridiculous comment of cops not ticketing friends and neighbors really just have no clue either. A friend of mine IS a cop and she got ticketed for driving 5 over on the parkway.. See, they really do ticket one another.
    And as for the cops being on thier phones while working.. most often (i’ve noticed since the law has gone into effect) they are parked! They need it for when there is sensitive info that cannot be broadcasted on the air.. Gee, would YOU want a dispatcher to send your home phone number and address across the waves that someone with a SCANNER can intercept? didn’t think so.
    Besides the fact that they are trained to multi task using the pc, the CB and everything else they have to do while driving in their mobile office.. People seriously need to get a clue and stop yelling about how the cops get to do this and that and they don’t.. wha..
    The other thing i’ve noticed is how PEDESTRIANS are just as to blame as drivers for violating common sense laws.. If there is a car doing 25 mph about 10 feet from a crosswalk DON’T WALK INTO THE STREET UNTIL YOU CAN DO IT SAFELY!! So many times i’ve been driving through town and some stupid teenager punk on her/his cellphone just walk into the street right in front of me thinking that i’ll just slam on my brakes and have the tailgater behind me crash into the back end of MY car.. yeah i think not.

  7. 7:49

    What a jerk you are. You tell us that you drive while talking on the phone (and drop it when you get near a cop). Then you tell us that pedestrians are the ones who are not cautious. You are breaking the law by talking on the phone while driving. You are being reckless and careless. You are part of the problem. A pedestrian or a mother pushing a stroller in a designated crosswalk are victims of jerks like you who are talking on phones while driving.

  8. What about jaywalking!!! San Francisco gives out tickets.

  9. 7:49 READ what i Said.. “THE ONE TIME” I talked on my cell phone while driving.. I was on my way to a hospital and i was lost, and the road i was on didn’t have a safe place for me to pull over.. all other times i either wait until i’m at my destination or i pull over.. so no i’m not a part of the problem.. just the 1.36 minutes i was on the phone.. so please.. don’t go there..

  10. Besides the fact that they are trained to multi task using the pc, the CB and everything else they have to do while driving in their mobile office.. People seriously need to get a clue and stop yelling about how the cops get to do this and that and they don’t.. wha..

    I also offered the benefit of the doubt by mentioning in my post that I was uncertain of whether or not this was something their job requires. I will be the first to admit that with the exception of enforcing the law, I have no idea what other duties are included in their job description. I do know that cellphone use while driving is allegedly a violation and no, the officer’s I saw on their cellphones were not parked.

    That being said, Police officer or not, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with anyone multi-tasking while driving. They may be trained to multi-task, but that doesn’t render them exempt from human error.

  11. You guys are a whinny bunch of babes. Take responsibility for yourself and do what you talk about. Don’t blame cops for not doing their jobs, if you want to know what tickets the cops write go to their court. I was in there for a parking ticket last week. Most of the tickets i saw were CELLPHONE SPEEDING and CROSSWALK. You guys are unreal.

  12. As a daily walker in Ridgewood – PEOPLE DO NOT STOP – I will be waiting to cross Godwin at South Monroe and will watch 20-30 cars pass me without even thinking to stop. The best is when they slow down to turn onto S. Monroe and don’t stop. They can see me; they are almost at a stop to turn the corner – and they still don’t stop. The problem isn’t just the town center – it’s the whole area. I wish everyone would get out from behind the wheel of their car and walk when they could. It would increase the attention to pedestrian traffic if everyone was occassionally a pedistrian.

  13. Anonymous said…
    As a daily walker in Ridgewood – PEOPLE DO NOT STOP – I will be waiting to cross Godwin at South Monroe and will watch 20-30 cars pass me without even thinking to stop. The best is when they slow down to turn onto S. Monroe and don’t stop. They can see me; they are almost at a stop to turn the corner – and they still don’t stop. The problem isn’t just the town center – it’s the whole area. I wish everyone would get out from behind the wheel of their car and walk when they could. It would increase the attention to pedestrian traffic if everyone was occassionally a pedistrian.

    9:46 AM

    I USED to be a walker. My family and I USED to walk every night after dinner. You are absolutely correct. Until you have been a pedestrian trying to navigate the traffic safely, it’s difficult to appreciate just how dangerous being a pedestrian here actually is.

  14. I walk in town just about every single day. In my opinion the police do a good job. Handing out a bunch of tickets will not make it safer than it currently is. I bet if PJ put up a poll that asked; Do you stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk? close to 100% would say yes. Secondly, if another poll asked do most drivers stop for you when you are attempting to cross? I bet most would respond, “no”. So in my opinion it is not an enforcement problem or drivers not trying to follow the crosswalk law. The only way you will really make that intersection at Oak Street safer is to put in a light or to have officers acting as crossing guards at times of high traffic. I would be fine with either (they do this in some other towns). Personally I think a light is better. Anybody in a hurry should not be driving down Ridgewood Ave.

  15. 8:04 –

    I DID read what you said. You were talking on the phone while driving. It only takes one second to have an accident. So you are stupid enough to think that being on the phone for 1.36 minutes somehow meant that you would not be at risk of an accident? You also defend yourself by saying you were on the way to the hospital and did not know where you were going. So…you were under stress…..you were lost…..you were talking on the cell phone….thank GOD no mothers were pushing strollers into designated crosswalks when you were recklessly careening around our lovely little village. You are the problem, you and all the other multitasking distracted drivers.

  16. Putting in a light will increase congestion and/or cause everyone to drive on secondary routes–pushing the problem out to largely residential streets. I have an idea–let’s build a big parking garage to accomodate even more traffic.

  17. Lets encourage more people to get lost and use their cell phones while under stress in Ridgewood while trying to find the hospital.
    A more expansive hospital will only mean more lost patients, visitors and delivery trucks.

  18. Why don’t some citizen volunteers stand on the street corners and take photos of cars sailing through crosswalks oblivious of pedestrians and strollers, talking on their phones? The photos could be date and time stamped and given to the police department for issuing summonses.

    Yeah, Yeah… and we can give the volunteers outfits… maybe some nice brown shirts… maybe we can even get the youth involved in their own special brigade to watch over us!

  19. “What about jaywalking!!! San Francisco gives out tickets.

    Yeah… let’s model ourselves after San Francisco… maybe we can even have our own Folsom Street Fair!

  20. Keep walking into the street without looking and blaming it on the cars when they hit and kill you.

    You will be right.

    We will be rid of another weak genetic strain.

  21. From reading these posts one would think that our police never give out tickets. I was a witness in municipal court due to a traffic accident early this year. Our court was packed with people who received tickets in Ridgewood! By way of disclosure I am an attorney, however, my practice does not involve traffic court or DWI, so I have not been in a municipal court in many years. I was shocked by the amount of cases I saw in our small village court.

  22. i think the nite shift is quite ‘active’. i always see them pulling over cars. must be the new recruits fresh from the academy. .

  23. Even with the yellow safety poles -“Yield,Pedestrians have right of way”, placed in the middle of streets, that are everywhere in all towns, a more effective presence in the center of town in absence of a live traffic cop, would be a

    *Police Standup Deputy Radar*!
    6 Ft Tall, Life like, vinyl plastic, weatherproof. Just like the child safety standups. Surely to get motorists attention. Take a look 🙂

    http://www.fakekid.com/fake-police-standups.html

  24. Am I missing something here? We have paid police to do the job. Why are they not getting out into the intersection and directing traffic?

  25. *Police Standup Deputy Radar*!
    6 Ft Tall, Life like, vinyl plastic, weatherproof. Just like the child safety standups. Surely to get motorists attention. Take a look 🙂

    OK, I want for my front lawn, just to freak out the neighbors. Oh wait, I already freak out the neighbors 🙂

  26. A 25-year old pedestrian attacked a car in Fair Lawn this morning and ended up in Valley. When will these attacks stop and why can’t the police do anything about them?

  27. Why does traffic have to be diected at that intersection?? I don’t understand your thought process. It either goes East or west..the flow of traffic is fine and there is no need for someone to stand in the middle of the road. I think your looking for a crossing guard aren’t you? That’s what I want my tax dollars going towards…a crossing guard who makes 100k dollars a year! Learn to drive and learn to cross the street safely. Problem solved

  28. there used to be an old timer whistiling away in that intersection all day. nobody got ran over. i would rather pay 100k to see someone in that intersection than sitting in a car @ van neste. i think its called ‘2 post?” or walking post.

  29. 3:32 good idea, the village can spend more $ to remove the clock, relocate it, and remove the island too, so a police officer can direct traffic there. that makes a lot of sense…

  30. I don’t know if this is the right venue, but don’t know where else to post it…
    I was driving past Sommerville school at dismissal time…cars parked on BOTH sides of the street, disregarding the NO parking anytime signs…there was only room for one way traffic. It was total chaos! What if a child darted into traffic between these cars? What if an ambulance needed to pass through? Must we wait for a tragedy to happen?
    There used to be this problem at Travell school, but one side parking is now enforced, eliminating the potential for accidents.

  31. 7:01 you clearly sound like one who doesnt want to get their lazy ass out of a squad car. the poster said that for the 100k per year there is ALREADY an overpaid officer sitting there in the patrol car keeping the seat warm. Moving the clock and the island sounds like a union ‘make work’ situation by adding additional traffic to a 3way to make it a 4 way intersection…but that would be too much for you to comprehend. fact is. COP is sitting in a car doing nothing. pedestrians need assistance crossing the street. cars from oak southbound need assistance making a LEFT onto Ridgewood ave east bound. GET IT?

  32. i guess you have forgotten the intersection at e.rwd /van neste was a 4 way intersection until approximately 2 years ago, prior to the clock, right turn only and the second crosswalk being installed at van neste. also has anyone noticed the view obstructions on the sidewalks? ex. x-mas trees in planters and in the fall the village had palm trees placed at the corners of intersections.

  33. hahaah its EASIER to direct traffic now..since there wont be cars from van nest attempting to make a left turn on to rwd ave..but..i forgot..you are in a union..’remove the clock, island. then we need TWO cops instead of one” ..silly me for seeing things clearly…theen start whining ‘we need more manpower’..give it a BREAK

  34. What happened to the narrowed intersections advised in the traffic study.

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