The Newton Police Department’s traffic bureau handles traffic engineering studies, research, safety planning and traffic complaint investigation functions which are carried out by specially trained officers of the Patrol Section. The primary role of the Traffic Bureau is to provide aggressive enforcement of motor vehicle laws. The Traffic Bureau also investigates any and all traffic related complaints the biggest of which is by far, speeding vehicles on residential streets. These complaints are handled in a variety of ways such as conducting speed surveys or aggressive radar enforcement. Traffic complaints can be directed to Dsg. Steve VanNieuwland at (973) 383-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic Safety and Planning
The Traffic Bureau monitors traffic patterns and works with the Department of Transportation to find solutions to improve safety and traffic flow. The Traffic Bureau investigates all serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, the Traffic Bureau drafts ordinances for traffic related purposes such as stop streets, yield intersections, parking, etc.
All traffic signs are maintained by the Traffic Bureau and are added or replaced as needed. If you believe there is a need for a particular sign in an area within the Town of Newton you are urged to contact the Traffic Bureau for investigation and consideration. All signs will be scheduled for installation by the Town of Newton Department of Public Works. Additionally, some requests may require approval from The New Jersey Department of Transportation, and passed by the Town Council by ordinance.
Check out an article from the NJ Herald regarding our recent crosswalk safety efforts.
Traffic Safety Trailer
The Newton Police Department utilizes a Traffic Safety Trailer to enhance motorist and pedestrian safety throughout town. The trailer performs several functions such as alerting motorists to their speed as they pass by or displaying informational messages regarding construction, road closures, or other hazards. It can also gather traffic data such as vehicular volume and average speed which are helpful in determining areas where additional traffic safety measures may be needed.
The trailer will be maintained by the department’s Traffic Division, and deployed in areas of town identified as problematic for excessive speed. As always, town residents are encouraged to contact the police department to help bring to light problems in the community.
Child Safety Seat Installation
A recent study showed that nearly 80% of all child safety seats are installed improperly creating risk of injury to your child if involved is a motor vehicle accident. Our certified child safety seat technician can help you ensure that your child’s safety seat is properly installed.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under in the United States. Child safety seats and safety belts, when installed and used correctly, can prevent injuries and save lives. Young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained.
The Newton Police Department’s Traffic Bureau has certified child safety seat technicians authorized to install and inspect any child safety seat to include booster seats. To set up an appointment for assistance in the installation or an inspection of your child’s seat(s) at no charge contact Dsg. Steven VanNieuwland at (973) 383-2525 or email@example.com or Ptl. Dan Finkle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, Safe Kids Northern New Jersey hosts a free car seat inspection station on the 4th Monday of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Newton First Aid Squad building, 68 Sussex Street, Newton, NJ 07860. No appointment is necessary.