HUDSON COUNTY, N.J.— Police are pulling people over in force beginning today as part of a months-long countywide crackdown after some tragic crashes resulted in the deaths of young people. In March, an out of control car jump a curb in North Bergen and killed 2 teenage boys.
“It was really as a result of the tragic accidents that have occurred recently that prompted us to step up and take some action,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
The joint initiative will involve county and local police. Bayonne, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen and West New York Police are all participating.
“Today, there must have been 40 stops and I think they got 8 tickets issued already,” said West New York Police Director Robert Antolos.
Police officers are stopping drivers for more than just speeding. Some got citations today for distracted driving, while others were ticketed for not yielding to pedestrians.
“It’s saving lives,” said West New York Mayor Felix Roque, “We care about the safety of the people in our town."
Kennedy Boulevard will be made a top priority for police.
“Kennedy Boulevard seems to be the biggest culprit,” said Prosecutor Suarez, “That’s where people can gain some speed and that's really where people tend to speed the most."
Police will be pulling drivers over by the dozenW starting today through the summer months.