Message from the Raritan Police Department

A message from the Chief of Police on Pedestrian Safety
As the seasons change from winter to spring outdoor activities increase and so does the pedestrian population on our sidewalks and roadways. To keep our pedestrians safe we ask everyone to be aware of your responsibilities to the pedestrian community and follow the laws of New Jersey. As per New Jersey State statute ALL drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians who are crossing within a crosswalk. By being cognizant of your surroundings and knowing your responsibilities, you will be more prepared in keeping our pedestrian and motoring community safe. Below is a copy of portions of statutes explaining the responsibilities of drivers and pedestrians.
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Snow Ordinance Reminder
During the winter months citizens of Raritan are reminded of the Snow Emergency No Parking Ordinance that was amended in February 2011. Within the Borough limits all parking of any type of vehicle on any public road, street or highway is prohibited whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that the road, street or highway is snow covered. This parking prohibition will remain in effect after the snow has ceased and until the streets are plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. According to the ordinance, the term snow covered means any precipitation depositing any accumulation on the roads, street or highways, including snow, sleet hail, ice or freezing rain, which requires plowing, salting or sanding. The Borough has posted signs at every entrance into town advising motorists of the ordinance pertaining to no parking when roads are snow covered. Notification to the Raritan Borough Police Department must be made as soon as possible if a vehicle must be parked on a road, street or highway in the Borough due to the vehicle not being able to proceed during extreme weather conditions. Unoccupied vehicles that are parked or standing in violation of this ordinance shall be deemed a nuisance and menace to the safe and proper regulations of traffic. Violations of this ordinance may result in the issuance of a summons and/or the removal of your vehicle from the roadway by a wrecker company at your expense. The Raritan Borough Police Department is asking for every citizen and guest of our community to assist with keeping the streets safe for our motorists and pedestrians during snow emergencies. By working together and removing your vehicles from the roadways prior to the streets being plowed it decreases the man hours needed by the professional services provided by Raritan Public Works in clearing your roadways.
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