How did drivers do on Ocean County roads over a portion of the holiday weekend?

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced the results on Monday of this weekend’s “Move Over Law” Enforcement Patrols that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Vehicular Crime Unit conducted with the assistance of local municipal police departments from Thursday thru Saturday.

There were seven multi-jurisdictional patrols in Seaside Heights, South Toms River, Stafford Township and Point Pleasant Beach which resulted in several stops and arrests.

  • 335 Motor Vehicle Stops
  • 92 Summonses Issued
  • 59 Failure to Move Over Stops
  • 2 Driving Under the Influence Arrests
  • 12 Arrests for Outstanding Warrants
  • 5 Suspended Driver Arrests
  • 3 Narcotics Arrests
  • 3 Disorderly Conduct Arrests
  • 3 Assault Arrests
  • 2 Domestic Violence Assault Arrests
  • 1 Weapons Offense Arrest

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Seaside Heights Police Department, South Toms River Police Department, Stafford Township Police Department, and Point Pleasant Beach Police Department for their cooperative efforts in these patrols.

“In collaboration with our local law enforcement partners, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to safeguarding the roadways here in Ocean County - both for our residents and visitors,” Prosecutor Billhimer said. “These statistics demonstrate our steadfast dedication to that objective."

The “Move Over Law” was enacted following the tragic death of New Jersey State Trooper Marc Castellano, who was struck and killed by a driver that failed to move over for Trooper Castellano's State Police vehicle.

The law, codified at N.J.S.A. 39:4-92, requires motor vehicle operators to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching authorized vehicles displaying emergency lights.

An expansion bill called the "Slow Down or Move Over, It's the Law Act" sponsored by Monmouth County Assembly Representatives Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey was passed in January of this year which instructs driver to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle, tow or highway maintenance truck with flashing or blinking lights.

Anyone who fails to abide by the law is subject to a hefty fine and losing points off your license for starters.

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