Twp. Police Department
Date of Incident:
Date of Release:
Capt. Eric Wilsusen
Parking at bus stops/Passing School Buses/School Open Safety
As the new school year is upon us, the
Jefferson Twp. Police Department is asking its residents and particularly
parents of school age children to assist in a problem that developed particularly
at bus stops.
Over the years, it appears that more than
ever before parents have been driving their children to the bus stop instead of
walking them. Some bus stops have in excess of 10 vehicles parked at some
The numerous vehicles are causing concerns
for traffic & pedestrian safety particularly at busy intersections.
The Police Department is urging parents to
assist by walking their children to the stop when possible.
Numerous complaints have been made to the
police department and we are asking parents to adhere to the following motor
vehicle parking laws:
39:4-135 ? Vehicle must park on the right side of the
39:4-138a ? No parking within an intersection
39:4-138b ? No parking within a crosswalk
39:4-138c ? No parking in front of a public or private drive
39:4-138d ? No parking within 25 feet of an intersection
39:4-138h ? No parking within 50 feet of a stop sign
39:4-138m ? No double parking
In addition, the Jefferson Twp. Police Department will have
increased patrols in mark & unmarked patrol cars to enforce motor vehicle
laws and specifically motorists who pass school buses. The police department is
working with the Jefferson Twp. School System in a pilot program to ticket
drivers who pass stopped school busses. Selected busses are equipped with
cameras that capture the vehicle information of vehicle that pass a bus when
its red lights are activated. The cameras can be moved between busses to
monitor problem routes in which bus drivers have repeated offenders in problem
area. Motorists who are captured passing stopped school busses will be issued
To help protect
children walking and waiting for school busses, AAA urges motorists to follow
these safety tips:
- Slow down in and near school and
- Drive with your headlights on ? even
during the day ? so children and other drivers can see you.
- Look for clues that indicate children
may be in the area such as School Safety Patrollers, bicycles and
- Scan between parked cars and other
objects where children could dart into the road.
- Since school children travel the
roadways on a regular schedule, adjust your routine by five or ten
minutes to avoid busy pedestrian zones and frequent bus stops.
- Practice extra caution in bad weather.
- Always stop for school buses that are
loading or unloading students. Vehicle must stop in all directions while
the bus has its red lights activated, this includes intersections.
- Never use a cell phone without a hands
free device while driving. Texting and driving is the leading cause of
Residents can contact Traffic Safety Officer
Rodger Davis at 973-208-6159 with questions or concerns.