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Spring Weather Ushers In Motorcycle Riding Season

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Spring is here and as the weather gets nicer please be mindful of those on motorcycles and bicycles when traveling our roads .

Some motorcycle safety tips :

Of all the motorists who share the roads in New Jersey, motorcyclists as a group represent the most vulnerable segment. Motorcyclists are more than 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and five times more likely to be injured (NHTSA). Over the last ten year period (2007 to 2016), motorcycle fatalities have varied. The highest number of fatalities (93) occurred in 2011 while the lowest number (50) occurred in 2015. From 2011 to 2015, there have been over 12,000 crashes in New Jersey involving motorcycles.
Facts: In 2016, 27% of motorcycle fatalities involved riders that tested positive for alcohol. In addition, 27% of fatal crashes listed driver inattention as a contributing circumstance while another 24% involved unsafe speed. There were approximately 2,300 motorcycle drivers involved in crashes in the Garden State in 2015, which resulted in 49 fatalities. If you’re involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, statistics show that you have an 82% chance of being injured (2012 – 2106). Every rider’s best defense against an injury is to obey the law: Wear Your Helmet!
Motorcycle Crash Facts:
Motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles –
More than half occur at intersections.More than two-thirds occur when the vehicle’s driver does not see the motorcycle.
Motorcycle crashes not involving other vehicles –
More than two-thirds result from excessive speed.Inexperienced riders cause many more crashes. 22% of motorcycle fatalities did not have a motorcycle endorsement. Remember to always follow through
on your licensing requirements.40% of single vehicle motorcycle fatalities occur during turns and corners. Slow down before maneuvering the
corner.
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Motorists MUST STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS

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Motorists MUST STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS courtesy of the Wyckoff Police Department 

MOTORISTS in New Jersey MUST stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to one or more of the following:

2 POINTS

$200 FINE (plus court costs)

15 DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE

INSURANCE SURCHARGES

NEW JERSEY STATUTE 39:4-36
Driver to stop for pedestrian:
exceptions, violations. penalties.

A. 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, and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided, 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.

B. A person violating this section shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine to be imposed by the court in the amount of $200. The court may also impose a term of community service not to exceed 15 days.

C. Of each fine imposed and collected pursuant to subsection B. of the section, $100 shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer who shall annually deposit the moneys into the “Pedestrian Safety Enforcement and Education Fund” created by section 1 of PL 2005, c 84 (C.39:4-36.2)

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Ridgewood Schools Open Wednesday September 6th Drive Carefully

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September 3,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Public Schools will open on Wednesday, September 6th. Please be mindful of excited children walking to and from school and always be prepared to stop for school crossing guards.

Everyone should expect delays and congestion around the schools as parents and commuters learn to navigate through the increased school-related traffic at this time of year. If you are driving in the area, leave yourself a little extra time and please be patient.

The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be aired live on television, FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77, and streamed via the “Link in Live” tab on the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us. Meeting webcasts are generally posted to the district website within 48 hours.

2017-2018 Back-to-School Nights BFMS: Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

GWMS: Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Hawes (Gr. 2-3): Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Hawes (Gr. K-2): Thursday, September 14 at 8 p.m.
Orchard: Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. RHS: Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Ridge: Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. (revised)
Somerville: Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
Travell: Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
Willard: Wednesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. (revised)

 

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WINTRY MIX THIS MORNING : Drivers should be cautious

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Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
341 AM EST MON JAN 2 2017

…A WINTRY MIX THIS MORNING…

.A BAND OF PRECIPITATION ASSOCIATED WITH AN APPROACHING WARM
FRONT WILL PRODUCE A WINTRY MIX THIS MORNING. WHILE SIGNIFICANT
ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW AND SLEET ARE NOT EXPECTED…POCKETS OF
FREEZING RAIN EMBEDDED IN THIS ACTIVITY WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS
CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS
MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY FOR SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING.

* LOCATIONS…PASSAIC…HUDSON…BERGEN…ESSEX AND UNION
COUNTIES IN NEW JERSEY. ORANGE AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES IN NEW
YORK.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS…LESS THAN AN INCH.

* TIMING…MAINLY BETWEEN 7 AND 9 AM.

* IMPACTS…ICY ROADS AND WALKWAYS CAN BE EXPECTED.

* WINDS…EAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* TEMPERATURES…UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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Reader says there is a prevalence of distracted driving in Ridgewood

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file photo by Boyd Loving

The prevalence of driving with phone in hand is very high. But the worst case I have seen was a woman driving a Hummer, talking on her cell phone with one hand and holding a cup of coffee in the other. She would regularly turn from Meadowbrook onto Fairfield during the school rush while steering that Hummer with her knees! She was followed closely in stupidity to the man driving down Rt 17S during rush hour while reading his newspaper. PLEASE, for everyone’s sake, DRIVE SAFELY!

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FIRST WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY of the SEASON : DRIVE CAREFULLY , SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO
6 AM EST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY FOR SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8
PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS…SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD AND NEW HAVEN COUNTIES IN
CONNECTICUT…SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTY IN NEW YORK…BERGEN
AND EASTERN PASSAIC COUNTIES IN NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARD TYPES…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A TRACE OF SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATION.

* TIMING…A WINTRY MIX DEVELOPS ACROSS THE TRI-STATE FROM WEST TO
EAST THIS EVENING. THIS WINTRY MIX CHANGES TO PLAIN RAIN
SOMETIME BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…SLIPPERY ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS. WITH THE MAIN
THREAT BEING TO ELEVATED SURFACES AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE
ADVISORY AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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Its that time of the year School’s Open so Drive Carefully

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September 04.2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Every fall, over 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, drivers need to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous – over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

According to AAA first and foremost drivers need to slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian is struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.
Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.
Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.