Ocean County Prosecutors have released figures from their recent safety-enforcement program along Route 70.

During a two-day stretch starting July 20 and again on August 1 there were 212 summonses given out with 317 vehicles pulled over.

The program sought to improve the safety for motorists along Route 70 by raising awareness and foster responsible driving behavior.

The efforts of the partnership focused on seven municipal jurisdictions traversing Highway Route 70 in Ocean and Monmouth County from Wall Township and Brielle Borough traversing Brick Township, Lakewood Township, Toms River Township, Manchester Township and Lakehurst Borough.

Prosecutors began this initiative following numerous serious motor vehicle accidents that had occurred on Route 70.

In 2016 there were 548 motor vehicle crashes on 70 including 10% of the fatal crashes within Ocean County.

In 2017 the percentage of fatalities attributed to 70 rose to 19%.

From the July 20 start of the enforcement program, which included two days of saturation enforcement by the participating departments, the Route 70 detail produced a total of 212 summons issued with 317 vehicles stopped.

There were two arrests for Driving Under the Influence, two wanted subjects arrested and one arrest for drug possession.

There were no fatalities or accidents involving serious injury during the period.

The enforcement initiative sought to bring strict and aggressive traffic enforcement of the various moving and equipment violations that are contributory causes to crashes.

These causes include, but are not limited to, Driving While Under the Influence, aggressive drivers, improper turning, failing to yield, failing to keep right, improper passing, inattentive driving, disregard of traffic signal, excessive speed, following too close, pedestrian violations and various commercial carrier violations such as overweight, equipment maintenance and brake pressure.

The participating agencies utilized Automated License Plate Readers to identify those operating illegally.

Variable Message Signs were strategically placed reading "Traffic Enforcement Detail in Effect" - "Obey All Traffic Laws".

Ocean County Prosecutor's Office personnel assigned to the detail utilized unmarked police vehicles to covertly observe and report violators.

The coordinated enforcement element has been wrapped up but policing agencies along Route 70 will continue to make traffic enforcement a priority.

This multi-jurisdictional effort was supported by the Chiefs of Police and supervisors from the following jurisdictions:

  • Brick Police Department
  • Brielle Police Department
  • Lakehurst Police Department
  • Lakewood Police Department
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Toms River Police Department
  • Wall Township Police Department
  • Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
  • NJ State Police Troop "C" - Tactical Patrol Unit
  • NJ State Police - D.U.I. Enforcement Patrol
  • Ocean County Road Department
  • Ocean County Engineering Department

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