After a five-day grace period, Sea Bright police have begun ticketing motorists for exceeding new speed limits just north and south of the downtown, the Asbury Park Press reports.


From the story:

Police today issued 10 speeding tickets during the first six hours of a enforcement campaign meant to compel drivers to follow a newly initiated summertime speed limit on the main thoroughfare here, Ocean Avenue (Route 36).

Signs with the new 35 mph speed limit were posted Thursday north and south of downtown, but the grace period ended 6 a.m. this morning when two officers were tasked with the sole assignment of catching the heavy-footed, Chief William S. Moore said.

That level of enforcement will continue through 10 p.m. today and for the next two weeks, as borough officials attempt to avoid of repeat of last summer, when two children on separate occasions were struck by vehicles while crossing the state highway.

This summer is the first time for the reduced speed limit, which is normally 40 mph in those two sections. The speed limit through downtown remains 30 mph.

Last year, the borough lobbied the state Department of Transportation for permission to install more crosswalks and to reduce the speed limit on Route 36 to protect the safety of beachgoers.

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