RESULTS OF THE 32nd ANNUAL TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SAFETY POSTER CONTEST
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Press Release by Lt. Gregg Hackbarth – 2/26/13
Photographs by Det. Sgt. John Calamari
On Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, the 32nd Annual Township of Washington Police Department’s Traffic Safety Poster Contest (TSPC) ceremony was held in the Senior Center in the Municipal Building in the Township of Washington. Forty-eight students were awarded cash awards for their award winning posters. A total of $1,825 in cash awards was distributed to the award-winning artists from the Jessie George School, Washington School and Westwood Regional Middle School. A total of 595 students from the three schools participated in this year’s program. The traffic safety themes for this year’s TSPC were as follows:
For kindergarten through second grade:
“Pedestrian and Child Passenger Safety”
For third grade through fifth grade:
“Getting To School Safely”
For sixth grade:
“How To Be A Good Passenger”
This year’s TSPC had four Grand Prize winners who received $100 checks for the best poster per grade grouping. In addition, thirteen students received $50 checks for the best poster per grade per school and thirty-one students received $25 checks. The $100 U.S. Grand Prize winning posters were drawn by the following students (their posters are displayed below as are the posters for best poster per grade per school):
Olivia L. – First Grade - Jessie F. George School
Kana S. – Second Grade – Washington School
Madison C. – Fourth Grade – Washington School
Amber F. – Sixth Grade – Westwood Regional Middle School
GRAND PRIZE WINNING POSTERS - $100 Check Recipients:
Olivia L. – George School - Best Poster Per Grade Grouping – Kindergarten and First Grade
Kana S. – Washington School – Best Poster Per Grade Grouping – Second Grade with Third Grade
Madison C. – Washington School – Best Poster Per Grade Grouping – Fourth Grade with Fifth Grade
Amber F. – Westwood Regional Middle School – Best Poster Per Grade Grouping – Sixth Grade
Best Posters Per Grade Per School - $50 Recipients:
Gabrielle K. – Kindergarten – George School
Evan A. – Kindergarten – Washington School
Robert K. – First Grade - George School
Tyron F. – First Grade – Washington School
Michael F. – Second Grade – George School
Gabriella F. – Second Grade – Washington School
Alyssa R. – Third Grade – George School
Grace M. – Third Grade – Washington School
Margaret D. – Fourth Grade – George School
Taegon P. – Fourth Grade – Washington School
Kristen A. – Fifth Grade – George School
Jocelyn V. – Fifth Grade – Washington School
Jesse M. Sixth Grade – Westwood Regional Middle School
All 595 posters entered into the Township of Washington Police Department’s 32nd Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest have been submitted to AAA for entry into AAA’s State Traffic Safety Poster Program and their 69th Annual National Traffic Safety Poster Program. Our goal is to educate the children of this community about traffic and pedestrian safety. We hope to develop lifelong safety habits at an early age.
The following businesses, civic groups, emergency services and private citizens sponsored $1,825 in cash awards for this year’s TSPC:
Grand Prize Sponsors ($100 Checks)
The Company of Frank N. Bovino – 2 checks
Donald and Dolores Snyder – 2 checks
Best Posters Per Grade Per School Sponsors
Pascack Valley PBA Local 206 – 4 checks
Mayor Janet Sobkowicz – 3 checks
Knights of Columbus Council #5427 – 2 checks
Twp. of Washington Volunteer Fire Department – 2 checks
Twp. of Washington Police Department – 2 checks
Two or More $25 Check Sponsors
Helen Bohn Bridals – 4 checks
Jessie F. George School H.S.O. – 4 checks
JRL Associates, LLC – 4 checks
Washington School P.S.O. – 3 checks
Bergen Brookside Towing – 2 checks
Contemporary Woman’s Club of Wash. Twp. – 2 checks
Highway Traffic Supply – 2 checks
J. O’Sullivan Electric – 2 checks
Save Our Furry Friends – 2 checks
Westwood Regional Middle School P.S.O. – 2 checks
$25 Check Sponsors
Ambition Dance Academy
Domino’s Pizza – Westwood
Prime Solutions & Associates – Carl Mittelhammer
Any business, civic group or private citizen that would like to be added to the sponsor list for the 33rd Annual TSPC in 2013 should contact Lt. Gregg Hackbarth at 201-664-1140 ext. 122 or may send an e-mail to Lt. Hackbarth at email@example.com .
“Drunk Driving - Over The Limit,
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National Program to Detect, Arrest and Prosecute Drunk Drivers
Township of Washington Police Department
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic SafetyMothers Against Drunk Driving
Students Against Destructive Decisions
The “Over The Limit - Under Arrest” (OTLUA) program is a national effort to protect everyone from impaired drivers. This program annually targets an eighteen-day period from mid-August through Labor Day and a twenty eight day period from early December through New Year’s Day. These targeted periods are marked with increased saturation patrols and checkpoints in regard to drunk driving. Local, County and State Police agencies have pledged their support for this program the aim of which is to rid our roads of drunk drivers.
New Jersey has lowered its legal blood alcohol content to .08% for adult drivers. Drivers under the age of 21 have a zero tolerance in regard to blood alcohol content.
In addition to the OTLUA program’s enforcement efforts, an educational component is included as well. For further information visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Township of Washington Police Department requests that motorists remember the following advice:
- Don’t risk it – If you plan to drink, don’t drive.
- Choose a sober designated driver.
- Take mass transit, a cab or ask a friend to drive you home.
- Report impaired drivers to the Police.
- Always wear your safety belt. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
New Jersey’s DWI Laws and Penalties*
Blood Alcohol Content of .08% to less than .10%
Fine of $250 to $400License suspension of 3 months12 to 48 hours detainment in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
Possible imprisonment of up to 30 days
Blood Alcohol Content of .10% and Above
Fine of $300 - $500
License suspension of 7 months to 1 year
$100 surcharge for drunk driving enforcement fund12 to 48 hours detainment in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
Possible installation of an ignition interlock device on vehicle
Possible imprisonment of up to 30 days
Mandatory completion of a DWI Countermeasure Screening and Evaluation Program
Additional insurance surcharges.
Second Offense:Fine of $500 - $1,000
License suspension for 2 years
$100 surcharge for drunk driving enforcement fund
Additional Insurance surcharges Required installation of an ignition interlock device on vehicle30 days of community service
Imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours nor more than 90 days.
Third Offense:Fine of $1,000
License suspension of 10 years
$100 surcharge for drunk driving enforcement funds
Additional Insurance surcharges
Required installation of ignition interlock device on vehicle
Imprisonment of 180 days, up to 90 days of the penalty may be served performing community service
*Note – Driver’s convicted of a DWI charge that stemmed from a motor vehicle collision that resulted in bodily injury, serious bodily injury or death will also be charged criminally under New Jersey’s Assault by Auto, Death by Auto or Vehicular Homicide statutes. Penalties for DWI related offenses also increase if the offense was committed on or within 1000 feet of school property.
Additional DWI Related Laws And Penalties
Refusal to submit to a breath test
First Offense - Fine of $250 - $500 and a 6-month license suspension
Second Offense – Fine of $250 - $500 and a 2-year license suspension
Third Offense - Fine of $250 - $500 and a 10-year loss of license
Additional insurance surcharges
Driving While Suspended Due to DWI
Fine of $500
10 to 90 days imprisonment
1 to 2 years added license suspension
If you have an accident and someone is hurt, you face a mandatory 45 days in jail
Drinking While an Operator or Passenger in a Motor Vehicle "Open container Law"
First Offense - $200 fine
Second Offense - $250 fine or 10 days of community service
Underage Driving While Intoxicated Law and Penalties
For persons under 21 (the legal age in New Jersey to purchase an alcoholic beverage) who consumes an alcoholic beverage, then drives a vehicle when their blood alcohol concentration is 0.01% or more, but less than 0.08%, the penalties are as follows:
For licensed drivers: – Minimum penalty – 30 to 90 days driver’s license suspension, mandatory community service of 15 to 30 days and participation in an intoxicated driver resource center or other alcohol education and highway safety programs. Maximum penalties – If the blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% to under .10% or .10% and above, underage persons will receive sentences as described in the first, second or third offenses listed above.
For person under 21 on a permit or who are unlicensed: - Minimum penalties30 to 90 day prohibition from becoming a license driver at the age of 17, mandatory community service for 15 to 30 days and participation in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center or other alcohol education or highway safety programs. Maximum penalties – If the blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% to less than .10% or .10% and higher, underage persons will receive sentences as described in the first, second and third offenses listed above.
*New Jersey Laws and Penalties courtesy of North Jersey AAA
"Click It Or Ticket 2006"
By F/Sgt. Gregg Hackbarth
The nationwide Click It Or Ticket program will begin on May 22nd and run through June 4th. Most if not all Police Departments in Bergen County and the State of New Jersey will be participating in this seat belt law and child passenger seat law enforcement program. Many Police Departments will have extra manpower assigned to enforce New Jersey’s seat belt and child restraint seat laws.
Township of Washington Police Chief William Cicchetti, who is also the President of the New Jersey Police Traffic Officer's Association, continues to be a strong advocate of the Click It Or Ticket Program. Chief Cicchetti states: “Nationally we average 42,000 highway fatalities each year. If everyone wore their seat belts and made sure that their children were riding in age appropriate child restraint seats, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 8,000 or more lives would be saved each year.”
The Township of Washington Police Department will be deploying Officers on regular patrol as well as seat belt checkpoints. All motorists are reminded to set a good example for their children and fasten their seat belts. In addition, the Township of Washington P.D. also offers the services of three Child Passenger Safety Technicians who are qualified to either check the installation of your child passenger safety seat or assist you with the installation of the seat. For further information or for an appointment to have your child passenger safety seat installed, call 201-664-1140 and ask for extension 125. For additional information on the Click It Or Ticket Program and seat belt and child restraint seats, check the following web sites: www.buckleupamerica.org/, www.nhtsa.gov/, www.njsaferoads.com and www.bcptoa.org .
BICICYLE HELMET LAW CHANGES
By F/Sgt. Gregg Hackbarth – 3/1/06
Effective March 1, 2006, the age of young people required to wear approved bicycle helmets while driving a bicycle has been changed from children under the age of 14 to children under the age of 17. Children under the age of 17 must also wear approved bicycle helmets when they are roller skating, in-line skating, skateboarding or riding on scooters.
The Township of Washington Police Department will be actively enforcing this law. Children under the age of 17 who ride bicycles, roller skate, skateboard or ride scooters without wearing a helmet will receive a written warning notice that their parents must sign and return to Police Headquarters. If a child is found to violate the bicycle helmet law on a second occasion, the parent or guardian of the child will receive a summons. Statistics show that bicycle helmets are believed to be 85 to 88% effective in preventing or decreasing the severity of head and brain injuries. Using a bicycle helmet is the single most effective way to reduce head injuries resulting from bicycle crashes. For additional information please refer to the following web-sites: Township of Washington Police Department at www.washtwppolice.org (traffic section), the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute at www.bhsi.org and the brain Injury Association of America at www.biausa.org. If you have any questions please call the Township of Washington Police Department at 201-664-1140 and ask for extension 125.
Stay safe and wear your helmet.
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