Brigantine Police Department news
Submitted by Lt. Jim Bennett
The Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 340 calls for service in the week ending Oct. 8. Police made 58 motor vehicle stops, issued 12 summonses, and responded to seven domestic disputes and two traffic accidents.
Nancy Searfoss, 26, of Absecon was arrested Oct. 2 by Detective Ward and charged with credit card theft and theft.
Jody Quellette, 49, of Brigantine was arrested Oct. 4 by Officer Huot and charged with two counts of simple assault.
There were two warrant arrests.
Police ask for continued vigilance and remind residents to keep vehicles, bicycles and homes locked.
Anyone with information on a crime or wishing to report a crime can contact the Brigantine Police Department anonymously at 609-266-7414 or call the Atlantic County Crime Stoppers tip line at 800-658-8477.
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Front beach restrictions
As the result of an agreement the city entered into with the state and federal government, there will be no dogs, vehicles or kites allowed on the front beach from Bramble Drive to Sandy Lane. Fencing is in place on the beach to protect the nesting areas. Please be mindful of the areas marked off as you travel the beaches.
4x4 permit required
It is unlawful to operate an automobile, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle on Brigantine beaches without a permit or in violation of any provision. Permits must be permanently affixed to the rearview mirror, not taped, rubber-banded or mounted on Plexiglas or any other form of temporary mounting. Rearview mirror only; no windows, dashboards, etc.
According to NJS 39:4-135, all vehicles must be parked facing the direction of travel. Do not park facing oncoming traffic. Parking so as to block a sidewalk is prohibited under NJS 39:4-138(f). It creates a safety hazard for pedestrians, forcing them to enter the roadway to pass by a vehicle.
Cove dredging project
During the dredging project there will be areas of the cove for which access is prohibited. All are advised to stay clear of the equipment and fenced areas.
Reminder for motorists and pedestrians
Effective April 2010, the pedestrian crosswalk laws in New Jersey changed to add increased responsibility on the part of both drivers and pedestrians. Please read this excerpt from NJ 39:3-46 traffic statute:
The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or state regulation, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
Pedestrians must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signaled intersections.
Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller-skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.
The Division of Highway Traffic Safety assists county, municipal and law enforcement agencies with education, public awareness and enforcement of the bicycle helmet law and other bicycle safety issues.
Each year in New Jersey, bicyclists are killed or injured in crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles.
Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage.