Get off the gas and mind your manners on the roads this summer. Three Monmouth County and four Ocean County police departments received $4,000 grants each for targeted aggressive driving enforcement from July 1 to 31 from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Police departments in Red Bank, Freehold Township and Ocean Township in Monmouth and Lakewood, Manchester, Toms River and Barnegat in Ocean County were among 75 police departments which received the grants, said Pam Fischer, Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director.Grants were announced Wednesday as part of the first statewide “Obey the Signs or Pay the Fines” initiative, Fischer said in a press release.
Grants will be used by police departments to deter aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, improper passing and unsafe lane changes. Other county and municipal police departments are expected to participate in the initiative using their own resources.
The first “Obey the Signs” program began in 2006 and targeted speeding in seven counties. Last year, there were 22,118 crashes in the state related to unsafe speed.