During the month of September, the Bloomfield Police Department will be cracking down on drivers who do not stop for pedestrians using the crosswalks.
The ‘Cops in Crosswalks’ operation, which will be taking place at dozens of locations throughout the township, will coincide with the beginning of the academic school year. Undercover police officers posing as pedestrians at crosswalks who observe a failure to stop at a crosswalk will instruct their partners in nearby police cars to pull the driver over a few hundred feet past these crosswalks. From there, the officers will follow standard protocol, but will also be sure to give the driver pamphlets on the importance of stopping at crosswalks.”
“Bloomfield is becoming more pedestrian and multi-modal friendly, but the onus is still on drivers to watch the road. Residents need to feel safe crossing the streets. We hope that by education, prevention and enforcement, residents will be more mindful of pedestrians’ rights, and always stop when they see someone in a crosswalk,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I commend the Bloomfield Police Department leadership, and the undercover officers who will be participating in this initiative to make our town a safer place for everyone on the road.”
“This operation is about education. Throughout the year, Bloomfield police officers conduct radar enforcement campaigns to crack down on excessive speeding, and distracted driving campaigns to warn about the dangers of using cell phones while driving. This operation is no different,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “We will fully enforce the law to ensure that distracted or unsafe driving has no place in Bloomfield.”
The Bloomfield Police Department has conducted ‘Cops in Crosswalks’ operations every year for over 10 years, including in May of this year, with the goals of educating drivers and protecting pedestrians. As the new school year is right around the corner, this ‘Cops in Crosswalks’ operation will have a heightened focus on unsafe driving in school districts, but will be conducted at other locations in town.