RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN HIT IN CAR CURB-JUMP

rb crash 121815 2The scene on Wallace Street shortly after the accident, above. The vehicle also hit a gas regulator valve, seen below, though no leak was immediately detected. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb crash 121815 1A campaign worker for an outlier presidential candidate was injured when a car jumped a curb in downtown Red Bank Friday afternoon.

The vehicle also struck a storefont natural gas regulator that had been moved above-ground three years ago, over the vehement objections by town officials that doing so created a safety hazard.

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RED BANK: TWO CYCLISTS IN CAR ACCIDENTS

HOT-TOPIC_02In one of two Red Bank accidents involving bicyclists, a 14-year-old boy wound up in the emergency room Wednesday.

According to police Chief Darren McConnell, the unidentified boy was traveling west in the eastbound lane of Harding Road when he collided with a car emerging from Tower Hill Avenue at about 10 a.m.

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GRANT WILL BOOST ROAD ENFORCEMENT

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The state funds will pay overtime for additional traffic enforcement for one month.

Red Bank police expect to roll about 20 additional street patrol shifts this month under a state grant awarded yesterday, Capt. Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

The borough was one of 75 municipalities awarded a $4,000 grant under the state Division of Highway Safety’s new ‘Obey the Signs or Pay the Fines’ initiative to help local cops reduce common motor vehicle violations.

The idea behind the program is to boost driver awareness of violations such as failing to come to a full stop at an intersection, passing on the right, speeding and tailgating, says McConnell, who heads the department’s traffic safety division.

By having many towns throwing additional resources at enforcement simultaneously, “you get the synergistic effect,” McConnell says. “It’s better in terms of getting the message out to people.”

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