Thursday, May 9, 2013
Police say they hope to raise statewide seat belt usage to 90 percent.
Be sure to wear your seat belt when you drive—or face the consequences. That's the message from Parsippany Police, which is launching another Click It or Ticket public safety effort. Law enforcement officers will crack down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of this national campaign from May 20 through June 2, according to PPD spokesperson Sgt. Yvonne Christiano. The annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to teach drivers and passengers how seat belts can save lives. Christiano said the most effective device for preventing deaths and injuries in motor vehicle crashes remains the seat belt. When used consistently, …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tell us what you think the most dangerous main thoroughfare in the township is and why.
A road does not have to be slippery to seem dangerous to some drivers and even with warmer weather on the horizon, some of the main roads in the borough may not seem as safe as others. Recently, a report has designated Route 46 as the most dangerous road in Morris County. Now we want to know what you think is the most dangerous main road in Parsippany. Participate in our poll below and let us know in the comments why you think that road is dangerous. Also share with us the smaller streets you tend to not feel as safe driving on and why.
Almost $50K paid out for weapons, including assault weapons, handguns, rifles.
The Morris County Gun Buyback Amnesty Program held last weekend resulted in the surrender of 600 weapons and paid out a total of more than $49,000, according to Acting Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. At a news conference Monday at the county's Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany, Knapp and other law enforcement officials hailed the buyback, which was held Saturday at two county locations: St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown. At the event, county residents were encouraged to surrender their unwanted weapons confidentially in exchange for cash payouts ranging from $250 for an illegal assault weapon to $25 for an inoperable weapon to zero for a BB gun. Those who chose to relinquish their …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Event takes place March 15 and 16 in Madison and Morristown in effort to get weapons off of the streets.
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Thursday, March 14
The New Jersey Attorney General, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and other area law enforcement agencies will offer a gun buyback amnesty program this week that will allow county residents to turn in their unwanted guns to the police with no questions asked. According to a statement from the prosecutor's office, the initiative is designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets. The program will accept firearms from residents—even juveniles—without requiring the disclosure of names or other personal information. The gun buyback is scheduled for Friday, March 15, at St. Paul Inside the Walls, 205 Madison Ave., in Madison, and Saturday, March 16 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 70 Maple Ave. in Morristown. The event on both days…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Recent survey shows 97 percent of area respondents support this form of gun control.
A survey released Tuesday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns shows that likely voters in New Jersey’s 11th congressional district, which includes Parsippany, overwhelmingly support expanding the gun background check system to include all gun buyers. The data is the first to be released from a survey conducted in more than 60 states and congressional districts by Schoen LLC for the bipartisan coalition of more than 850 U.S. mayors. “That 97 percent of New Jersey’s 11th congressional district residents want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check speaks volumes about the changing public mood on guns,” said pollster Doug Schoen. “This margin is unlike any I’ve seen on this issue, and it marks a real sea change. Voters want their …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
It's time for nominations for the annual 2013 GDL Champion Awards.
Sunday, March 3
Do you know an individual or an organization that has worked tirelessly to promote the proven principles of New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License program? If you do, now’s the time to nominate them for a 2013 GDL Champion award. Developed by the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition (sponsored by The Allstate Foundation in partnership with the National Safety Council), the annual award program recognizes those who have advocated for New Jersey’s three-step, novice driver licensing system. Designed to ensure teens survive their most dangerous driving years, the GDL helps them gain experience and build the skills necessary to become good drivers for life. According to coalition leader Pam Fischer, the number one cause of death for teens is …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Telll us how you feel about the issues.
Thursday, February 28
A 7-year-old boy and his 52-year-old stepfather died tragically in a house fire on the morning of Monday, Feb. 18 on Flanders' Main Street. The boy’s mother and nine year old sister survived the fire but with injuries. Authorities suspect an improperly altered space heater to be the cause of the fire and investigators reported that the home did not have working fire alarms. The winter months tend to be the most deadly for residential fires with the increased use of fireplaces and home heating systems. I urge families to take the proper precautions to prevent potentially dangerous fire situations. Currently, there is pending legislation in New Jersey, bill A1570 in the Assembly and Senate bill S2273, which would make it mandatory for all …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Morris County residents are invited to come, learn and share ideas about making schools safer.
Since the Newtown shootings, school safety has been on the minds of many throughout the nation and here at home. In an effort to generate community discussion on the topic, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office wants to get citizens talking. In partnership with the East Hanover School District, the New Jersey Department of Education and the Morris County Superintendent of Schools, the prosecutor's office is sponsoring a Morris County School Safety and Security Summit. The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at 500 W. Hanover Ave. in Parsippany. “Community-wide partnerships and efforts that focus on leveraging all of our support systems, both in the educational …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
A Mt. Tabor fire captain says a recent call showed just how valuable detectors are and why it's vital to have them.
A local fire captain said it's important to pay attention to the lessons learned during town emergenices. One such lesson came during a Sunday early morning call that came in to the Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department regarding a fire report at a home on Strowbridge Road. District 1 Fire Captain Bryan Crawford said the home had experienced problems with its gas fireplace. Upon arrival, MTVFD fire fighters noted that a suitcase and newspaper left near the fireplace caught fire. "Thankfully, the homeowners had working smoke detectors and they were woken up by them activating," said Crawford. "They were able to put out a fire with a fire extinguisher before it could spread." The department reported that the home experienced minimal damage …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Monday is expected to feature a wintry mix with little snow accumulation, but potentially slippery roads.
The Parsippany Police Department is warning motorists to drive with caution Monday: A National Weather Service winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday for the area. On Monday, the NWS is calling for light snow in the morning that will turn to freezing rain and rain for the afternoon hours. There is also the possibility of freezing drizzle in the evening. We can expect about an inch of snow accumulation along with some ice. A police statement cautions drivers to be careful, as untreated roads may become slippery, especially bridges and other elevated surfaces. The New Jersey AAA Auto Club in Florham Park recommends a number to tips for those who need to be on the roads during the wintry mix: