Before the Traffic Safety Division was formally formed, enforcement was started on a single motorcycle outfitted with a police radio that grew into the now traffic unit. Started back in the mid 1960’s, Lakewood’s Traffic Safety Division has grown from 1 single officer to a full complement, including a Sergeant and 4 officers with 2 full time office assistants. With close to 21 crossing guards this is one of the busiest towns in the county for traffic. Numerous construction jobs employ from 6 to 17 officers a day on road jobs throughout the town, often hiring outside departments to fill the posts. The traffic unit has 4 motorcycles, a message board, traffic trailer, van, numerous safety vehicles as well as 4 radar boards signs.
Responsible for numerous large events throughout the year including BMG events, Night Out against Crime, Dr. Roberts Carnival, religious parades, Torah movements and parades, keeps this unit busy 7 days a week. Motorcycles provide escorts for bicycle events, unity tour, fund raisers, toy drives, 5ks, holidays and many other events throughout the year. Also traffic planning for the Blue Claws stadium baseball season as well as its numerous events, concerts, and boat & camper shows.
Responsible for serious accidents and fatal crash investigations as well as enforcing speeding and drinking and driving throughout the year. With 3 major state highways and the Garden State Parkway passing through town, Traffic Safety is a large undertaking in the state’s fastest growing municipality in NJ.