RED BANK: EYES ON THE ROAD, PLEASE

Put down the cellphone and pay attention: that’s the message to motorists that Red Bank police hope to underline this month as they conduct a special distracted-driving enforcement detail.

Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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RUMSON: RFH CELLPHONE POLICY CHALLENGED

james-rue-092016Rumson-Fair Haven senior James Rue before the start of Tuesday night’s school board meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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A Rumson-Fair Haven Regional senior wants the school to drop a ban on student use of cellphones in school hallways between classes.

James Rue, 17, of Fair Haven, presented the school’s board of education with a petition Tuesday night calling for changes to the policy, which administrators said is being enforced anew after some unintended laxity.

Students, however, contend the crackdown was triggered by an incident last year in which a male student took “upskirt” videos of female students in stairwells without their knowledge.

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LITTLE SILVER: THEFTS REPORTED AT RBR

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• September 2– A resident on Little Silver Point Rd. reported a Burglary/Theft after discovering that a rear door had been forced in and jewelry had been taken. P.O. Andrew Smith, P.O. Peter Gibson and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

• September 3- A business on Sycamore Ave. reported Criminal Mischief after discovering that the side of the building had been spray painted. P.O. Paul Halpin investigated.

• September 7- A student at Red Bank Regional High School reported a Theft after noticing that his watch had been stolen from his gym locker while attending football practice. P.O. Robert Chenoweth investigated.

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PARKWAY FATALITY YIELDS DWI INDICTMENT

hot-topic rightA Garden State Parkway accident that that killed a Middletown father of five in April has led to the indictment of a Jackson man on a vehicular homicide and other charges,  Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw announced Monday.

Eric Pereira, 20, was intoxicated, speeding and using a cellphone when he smashed into the rear of a southbound van, leading to the death of 43-year-old Kevin Donnelly, Warshaw’s office alleges.

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RED BANK COPS TO TARGET CELL SCOFFLAWS

hot-topic rightRed Bank police will be going after violators of a “largely disregarded” state law that bans driver use of cellphones without hands-free devices, according to a department announcement issued Monday morning.

The announcement says the crackdown will last a week and will entail  road stops and checkpoints.

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CHARGES FILED IN ACCIDENT

copter-12Red Bank and Riverview Medical Center emergency workers transfer Alla Tsiring to a helicopter for transport to Neptune Monday. (Click to enlarge)

The driver in the accident that left a pedestrian pinned beneath an SUV on Broad Street on Monday has been charged with motor vehicle violations, Red Bank police say.

Meanwhile, the victim remains hospitalized in Neptune.

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