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Ocean Council Hears Traffic Safety Woes

Street parking on Beecroft Place, Oakhurst topic of discussion

Ocean: The Oakhurst Fire Department and First Aid Squad are located at the western end of Beecroft Place. Residents concerned about public safety asked the council to take action in regard to obstructions to emergency traffic on Beecroft due to private vehicles parked on both sides of the narrow street.  The issue is especially problematic during morning to midday hours on the narrow residential street.  

One resident speaking before council said the increased parking may be the result of limited parking on some Monmouth Road business premises. She is concerned more of this pattern of parking on Beecroft will happen this week, creating difficulties in later hours of the day.

Deputy Mayor Chris Siciliano asked Police Chief Steven Peters to investigate. Peters, who was in attendance at the meeting will look further in to the issue.  The OT Fire Marshall has said the added parking has the potential of creating problems, but no incidents have been reported as yet. He will be in discussion with police officials.

Photographs taken at different times of the day show street congestion mostly in the morning.

Another resident complained of a widespread and dangerous traffic situation created during summer months by renters and other summer residents. He said they ignore local traffic laws, and drive carelessly. He said in addition to ignoring traffic laws many do not practice safe courteous driving.  There are increased incidents of code violations like cars parked on lawns which is against township ordinances. He asked for police to take action as well as calling on Ocean code enforcement officer to get involved. He suggested the "summer people" be given the same rental guidelines issued to Monmouth University students on how to be good neighbors. 

Concerns also were raised about unsafe bicycle riding in the same general area. Cell phone violations and resulting unsafe driving was discussed with police as the meeting concluded.  One resident added that 90% of the mentioned offenders drive cars with New York license plates.  She said it happens each year in the same locale in the township. 


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