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.
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.
The Morris Plains Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Patrolman.
Starting Friday, March 27, 2015, the Borough of Morris Plains will be accepting applications for the position of Patrolman. Applicants must be between the ages of 21-35 years of age, meet requirements of NJSA 40A:14-122, NJSA 40A:127 and PTC certified or provide proof of taking the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police entrance level examination within the past twelve months and have obtained a minimum score of 70. Applicants must also possess a Bachelor's Degree or, Associate's Degree plus an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Military, or 65 credits and attending college plus an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Military.
Applications must be picked up from and returned to:
Morris Plains Police Headquarters
531 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and
Deadline for submissions of applications is April 13, 2015 at 8:00 P.M.
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on New Jersey’s roadways. Driver inattention has been a major contributing actor in nearly 750,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state
since 2009 and nationwide, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2012 alone.,To combat these troubling statistics, law enforcement agencies
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. These types of distractions include:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and
cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming
New Jersey is currently going through a distracted driver crackdown called UDrive, UText, UPay. The program will be in effect from now until April 21st. The details of the crackdown are listed below. You can click on the Logo for further information. .
Recently, our agency along with surrounding agencies, have seen an increase in scam attempts involving Green Dot Money Cards. Callers are targeting random residents and advising them that they are either a Utility Company or the IRS. The callers state that they are attempting to collect a debt and the Green Dot Card is required for payment. Be advised this is a scam and no one should purchase these cards. Anyone who becomes a potential victim to this scam is advised to contact the Morris Plains Police Department. More information can be found by clicking the photograph on the right.