Posted on

New Jersey State Police Dish Out a Hefty Serving of Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving and Post Holiday Weekend

Route_17_Glen062_theridgewoodblog

file photo by Boyd Loving

The 2017 Thanksgiving holiday period begins on Wednesday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Monday, November 27 at 6:00 a.m.

November 25,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

West Trenton NJ,  Millions of Americans will hit the road today and battle the holiday traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year. At the end of the journey awaits a freshly carved turkey and all of the fixings, but you have to get there first. A few preparations and a little bit of planning could be all the difference between a hot plate of turkey or a cold sandwich. Motorists can increase travel safety by following these tips:
· Fill up your gas tank
· Check fluids (including windshield washer fluid and antifreeze)
· Check tire pressure
· Bring a mobile phone charger
· Carry a flashlight with new batteries
· Bring bottles of water and nonperishable snacks
· Don’t drive drowsy. Symptoms of driving tired are similar to those of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Use service areas to rest, stretch your legs, or grab a cup a coffee
· Let someone know your travel plans
· Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly
· Plan to leave yourself more time to get where you are going
During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were six fatal crashes that resulted in seven deaths on New Jersey roadways. Drug or alcohol impairment was found to be a contributing factor in two of the crashes. These types of tragedies can be easily avoided by having a designated driver, using a taxi or transportation application such as Uber or Lyft, or making plans to stay with friends or family.
The New Jersey State Police will have more than 130 additional troopers statewide during the holiday period in addition to normal patrols. Troopers will focus their efforts on speeding, aggressive driving, seatbelt usage, cell phone violations, distracted driving, and DWI.
“We are doing our part by having extra troopers on patrol to help keep our roads safe, but we cannot do it alone,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Getting behind the wheel while impaired is like playing Russian roulette with not only your life, but the lives of your passengers and innocent motorists. So please don’t drink and drive and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.”

Posted on

DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SUNDAY

weather_alert

Dense Fog Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
652 PM EST SAT JAN 21 2017

...DENSE FOG TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING...
...STRONG EAST WINDS LIKELY ALONG THE COAST FROM LATE SUNDAY
NIGHT INTO MONDAY NIGHT...

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SUNDAY.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TIMING...INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES WILL MAKE
  TRAVEL DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS. IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN...USE
YOUR LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS...AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF
YOU IN CASE A SUDDEN STOP IS NEEDED.
Posted on

Driving on 5 hours of sleep is like driving drunk

late_night2_Ridgewood_crash_theridgewoodblog

file photo by Boyd Loving
Bart Jansen , USA TODAY8:20 a.m. EST December 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — Drivers who skimp on just a couple of hours of sleep nearly double the risk of a crash, making drowsy driving about as dangerous as drunken driving, according to a report released Tuesday.

A review of thousands of crashes resulting in injuries found drivers were 1.3 times more likely to be involved in accidents if they missed an hour of sleep and 1.9 times more likely if they missed two of the seven hours recommended daily, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found.

About one-third of U.S. drivers get less than seven hours of sleep each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/06/driving-5-hours-sleep-like-driving-drunk/94992718/

Posted on

Proposed Law in New Jersey Would Keep the Walking Dead From Driving

zap-the-walking-dead-season-4-pics-039

The “walking dead” are aiming higher—and in New Jersey, it appears they have been driving.

But on Thursday, NJ.com reports, the state’s Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee released a bill to put an end to the behavior.

This legislative move follows a state audit in March that revealed the Motor Vehicle Commission had issued official documents, such as licenses, to more than 300 people who were already deceased. The proposed law would require that the Commission cross-check their records with the Social Security Administration databases to avoid issuing significant legal documents to anyone no longer alive.  (Zorthian/TIME)

http://time.com/3927259/new-jersey-law-proposed-dead-drivers/

Posted on

The five worst places to drive in the United States

Route_17_Glen062_theridgewoodblog.net

file photo by Boyd Loving RT 17

The five worst places to drive in the United States

Millions of people traveling for Thanksgiving will face daunting traffic problems that critics say have been magnified by Washington’s inability to move a long-term bill to pay for new highway projects.

With a nor’easter bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard this Thanksgiving, it’s expected to be an especially brutal few days on the road.

Congress hasn’t approved a long-term highway bill since 2005, and it’s become much more difficult to move legislation since then because of a variety of reasons, including the end of earmarks that directed money toward specific lawmaker-backed projects and a financial crisis and recession that made it tougher to move big-budget bills.

Business groups, labor unions and other players have pressed Congress since then to focus on infrastructure, but to little avail.

The crisis is getting worse in some ways, too, since the gas tax used to fund most highway improvements hasn’t been raised in decades and can no longer keep up with the need, according to advocates such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

1.  Interstate 110 in Los Angeles

2.  Interstate 80 in San Francisco

3. Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas

4. Interstate 678 in New York

The West Coast and Texas don’t have a monopoly on bad roads.

New York City ranked sixth on the INRIX traffic scorecard. It is also home to the worst road in the East Coast, according to Texas A&M in the form of a 3.1 mile stretch of highway running from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Bronx.

Known as Van Wyck Expressway, the road produced 690 hours of delays per mile and 1,086 wasted gallons of gasoline.

5. Interstate 95 north and south of Washington, D.C.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/225464-the-five-worst-places-to-drive-in-the-united-states

Posted on

YOU MUST HAVE A PARKING PASS IF YOU DRIVE TO THE MASS TRANSIT SUPER BOWL

Met_life_stadium_theridgewoodblog.net_

YOU MUST HAVE A PARKING PASS IF YOU DRIVE TO THE MASS TRANSIT SUPER BOWL

Even if you are just getting dropped off you still need a parking pass .

There are no drop off points

Ridgewood NJ, Remember drivers must have a parking permit  . It is suggested you leave 3 full hours of travel time to the stadium (and security).  The game starts at 6pm , the staff of the Ridgewood blog suggests the latest arrival time 4:30pm.

∙ON-SITE PARKING PASSES can be purchased here for $150. https://superbowlparking.clickandpark.com/event/?search[event_id]=6640&search[vehicle_type_id]=1

Right now the only passes available are for car/van/SUV/town car’s under 15 feet long.

·OFF-SITE PARKING PASSES can be purchased here and include wrist bands that will get the guest onto a shuttle bus from the off-site parking to the stadium grounds.

http://www.meadowlandsparking.com/event/details/38/the-big-game-parking-passes

Prices for off-site parking vary depending on how many wristbands the guests require.  Prices start at $225 (1 vehicle with 2 wrist bands).

Microsoft Store