April 01, 2016
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on New Jersey’s roadways. Driver inattention has been a major contributing factor in nearly 800,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state from 2010 to 2014 and nationwide, 3,179 were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2014 alone. To combat these troubling statistics, during the month of April, law enforcement agencies including the Westwood Police Deparment throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive. This effort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay high-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaign that combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.
U Drive. U Text. U Pay enforcement strategies include roving police patrols, spotters on highway overpasses, and stationary police vehicles prominently placed at strategic locations. Historically, the most effective tool used to change driver behavior are targeted law enforcement campaigns, like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket. Since their inception, these two initiatives have resulted in significant reductions in impaired driving and gains in seat belt usage, respectively.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
Summertime and the end-of-year holidays are when most Americans gather to enjoy their free time with friends and family. They are also some of the most deadly times on American roads due to impaired driving. That’s why during the summer and the end of the year, a nationwide campaign comprised of thousands of traffic safety partners including the Westwood Police Department, join together to protect citizens from this deadly crime.
November 9, 2015
The Westwood Police Department has charged a 48 year old man with with sexually assaulting a woman outside of her apartment.
On Friday, November 9th the Westwood Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the victim’s neighbor, who reported a struggle between her neighbor and a man. Before Officers arrived, the suspect fled on a bicycle. Officer’s searched the area and ultimately located a man matching the description provided by the victim. Alan Broadbent, a resident of Ridgewood was subsequently arrested and charged with one count each of sexual assault and criminal sexual contact. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail, where he was held in on $200,000 bail.
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