Monmouth County is warning motorists not to park on the Oceanic Bridge in the wake of numerous instances of drivers stopping on the span to dolphin-watch.
“Public interest in viewing the dolphins in the Navesink River is creating a public safety issue,” John Tobia, director of the countys Department of Public Works Engineering says in a press release dated Tuesday. “Recently, motorists seeking to get closer to the dolphins have begun parking on the Oceanic Bridge. This creates a problem for other motorists and a safety issue for pedestrians and bicyclists attempting to cross the bridge.
Enforcement of rules and ordinances on county bridges are carried out by local law enforcement agencies. Middletown and Rumson police departments will ticket any vehicle parked on the Oceanic Bridge.
“This effort will make sure that safe passage on the bridge continues for motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Tobia. “The county appreciates the enforcement efforts of officers in Middletown and Rumson.”