Traffic Safety

Traffic Safety

Lieutenant Dennis Guider
(973) 284-4940 x 2175
dguider@nutleypd.com

The Traffic Safety Unit is responsible for:

  • Investigation of serious/fatal motor vehicle crashes, review of any township vehicle related crashes and review of all crash reports within the township.
  • Traffic/speeding enforcement on motorcycle and marked and unmarked police units via radar and laser speed detection units
  • Responsible for the training of all radar/speed laser operators within the department and maintaining all radar/laser units.
  • Coordinates with the NJ State Police Alcohol/Drug Testing Unit for the AlcoTest breathalyzer unit maintenance and the training of township officers in all phases of DWI detection.
  • Oversees all road construction projects to make sure proper detours and traffic control are in place as well as contractors following all safety guidelines and procedures as per OSHA and MUTCD regulations.
  • Works with township Code Enforcement and Engineering Department on any new build or major renovation construction projects and the effect on traffic in the area.
  • Oversees and assists in the planning of all special events in the township and consults with state/county/local officials on any road closures required.
  • Maintains a variable message sign and several data-recording speed enforcement signs which are deployed to areas to assist with and identify potential problem areas and times.
  • Processes grants through the State/Federal Government for reimbursement of monies for Pedestrian Safety, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" programs.
  • Oversees all school guards and works with the school guard coordinator to maintain a safe environment for children going to and from school as well as the township Engineering Department to provide the "Safe Routes to School Program".
  • Works with the state NJ Police Traffic Officers Association for any current trends in traffic related issues, changes in traffic laws and the training and recertification of township police officers for crash investigation, DWI investigation and work zone safety.

Railroad Crossing Safety Tips

  • Always expect a train. Trains operate on one or more tracks at any time in either direction.
  • Pay attention at railroad crossing.  Signs and signals indicate where to stop and when trains are coming.
  • Trains cannot swerve or stop quickly.  Passenger trains traveling 80 mph take about 2,200 feet to stop or the length of seven football fields.
  • You cannot judge the speed or distance of a moving train.  Moving trains create optical illusions, appearing to move slower and be farther away than they actually are.
  • Never go around lowered crossing gates or through flashing lights at railroad crossings.  These warning devices indicate a train is coming.
  • Do not get caught on tracks.  Be sure there is room on the other side to completely clear tracks before crossing.
  • Never stop on tracks. If gates begin to lower, continue crossing until you clear tracks.
  • If your car stalls, immediately get out of your car and away from the tracks.  Call 911 for assistance.
  • Prepare to stop behind school and commercial buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials.  These vehicles must stop at railroad crossings.

Traffic Safety Links

Traffic Safety Resources