531 Speedwell Avenue Morris Plains, NJ 07950
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Going on Vacation? The Morris Plains Police Department will keep an extra eye on your home while you are away! just click on the Photo Above, fill out the form and fax it to 973-538-3382 or drop it off at our headquarters: 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2
Procedure for motorist approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.
1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light or a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.
Silver Alerts are fairly new in New Jersey. When you are driving on a highway and see signs for a silver alert, this deals with Missing Persons who are over the age of 50. These people may also have other reasons why they have gone missing, such as dementia or Alzheimer's. For more information on Silver Alerts, see the image to the right.
The Morris Plains Police Department supports Project Childsafe. Gun safety is crucial to ensure a safe home. We offer free gunlocks that are available at headquarters, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. For more information on Project Childsafe, Click on the icon to the left.
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!!!RESIDENT SCAM ADVISORY!!!
The Morris Plains Police Department as well as neighboring departments have received a higher rate of telephone scams regarding the IRS. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and requesting you settle a debt with them or they tell you that they owe them money, DO NOT SEND MONEY without either contacting the Morris Plains Police Department or the IRS. More information on this scam and others can be located on IRS.gov. A direct link is available by clicking on the SCAM ALERT icon next to this post.
Morris Plains Police Department
---Remember to Clear All Ice and Snow from Vehicles Prior to Driving--
The Morris Plains Police Department is reminding motorists to always remove accumulated ice and snow from their vehicles before traveling on New Jersey’s roadways.
Motorists who fail to clear their vehicles of ice and snow before driving can be cited and fined under an amended law, which became effective October 20, 2010. Prior to this change, a motorist could only receive a citation if failure to remove ice and snow from a vehicle resulted in injury to others or property damage.
Fines for violating the new law range from $25 to $75. No motor vehicle points will be assessed for this offense. If failure to remove ice and snow results in injury or property damage, motorists face fines ranging from $200 to $1000, while commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines ranging from $500 to $1500, for each offense.
In anticipation of inclement weather, motorists are encouraged to:
Tune up and winterize their vehicles, as well as check the radiator, batter, antifreeze, and all other fluid levels.
Check tire treads and replace them if they’re unsafe.
Check and replace windshield wiper blades if the rubber is cracked and/or brittle. Be sure to also check and refill the washer fluid reservoir.
Maintain at least a half a tank of gas during the winter to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
Motorists should also keep a winter driving “safety kit” in their vehicles that is easily accessible in the event of an emergency. The kit should include: an ice scraper/brush; shovel; jumper cables or battery starter; warm blanket; sand, salt or cat litter (for traction in ice and snow); de-icer; safety flares/warning devices; flashlight and new batteries; extra windshield washer fluid; cell phone with a charged spare battery; water and non-perishable food (i.e. granola or protein bars); and, paper towels or a cloth.
For further information on winter driving, as well as a variety of traffic safety issues, motorists can visit the New
Jersey Division of Highway traffic Safety’s website by clicking on the NJDHTS icon below.
Another scam that has been active lately is called the Grandparent Scam. In this scam, residents are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be related to them asking for money after being injured in a car accident or stating they have been arrested and need money right away. For more information on this scam, click on the Grandparent Scam Photo.