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Traffic Safety Unit

Supervisor – Sergeant Frank Bremer #96

Sgt. Frank Bremer was hired by the Burlington Township Police Department in 2012.  Prior to joining the Department, he was an Officer in the US Army from 2005 to 2016.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.  Sgt. Bremer is a member of the Traffic Safety Unit, Field Training Unit, and a Physical Fitness Instructor.  In 2019, Sgt. Bremer was assigned to the Investigation Bureau as a Detective.  In 2020, he was promoted the rank of Sergeant and took over as the supervisor of the Traffic Safety Unit.  Sgt. Bremer joined the Traffic Safety Unit in 2015 and began his passion for crash investigations.  He has attended various courses to include basic and advanced crash investigation, crash reconstruction, motorcycle crash investigation, pedestrian and bicycle crash investigation, and many others.  Sgt. Bremer is a recipient of the MADD Award (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), and obtained Level 1 Traffic Safety Specialist by the State of NJ.

Overview

The members of the Traffic Safety Unit are trained officers specializing in motor vehicle collision investigation and motor vehicle law enforcement.  The Traffic Safety Unit is typically comprised of 1 Patrol Sergeant (supervisor) and 4 Patrol Officers.  The unit is called upon to investigate motor vehicle collisions involving fatality or serious bodily injury.  The unit also investigates speeding and other traffic related issues throughout the Township.  Members undergo various amounts of training from Basic Crash Investigation to Traffic Crash Reconstruction.  They also receive additional training as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and in DWI enforcement.  The members of the unit are responsible for conducting speed surveys, deployment of the variable message board, and attending pre and post construction meetings.  The overall goal of the Unit is to provide safer roadways for Burlington Twp. residents and all.  The achievement of this goal would be based upon the three (3) "E's" of traffic; Education, Enforcement, and Engineering.  The Traffic Safety Unit works with the Burlington Twp. Engineering Department to identify and address roadway engineering deficiencies for suggested improvements throughout the town.

Contact Us

For any and all traffic complaints please complete our Traffic Complaint Form and a traffic unit member will respond as soon as possible.  Sergeant Bremer may also be contacted via email at fbremer96@burltwppd.com.

2021 Unit Members

BTPD Traffic Safety Unit (taken July 2021), pictured left to right: P/O Ryan O'Farrell #110, P/O Matthew Kochis #101, Sgt. Frank Bremer #96, P/O David Long #77, and P/O Brendan Smith #116.

Crash Data

In Burlington Twp., BTPD on average handles 800 motor vehicle crashes per year and out of those crashes approximately 100 of them have an injury involved. On average, the Police Department responds to four fatal motor vehicle crashes and ten pedestrians involved crashes per year.  Rt. 541, Sunset Rd., and Salem Rd. are the busiest roadways for the township.  These roads account for approximately 62% of the total motor vehicle crashes per year.  These three roads account for only 5 miles of roadway out of the 110 miles that is patrolled. 

Programs & Grants

The Traffic Safety Unit participates in the following traffic related programs and grants awarded by the state.

  • Mobile Inspection Team (MIT) – A joint operation by the BTPD Traffic Unit and the New Jersey State Motor Vehicles Commission Mobile Inspection Unit (NJMVC-MIU) where a vehicle inspection checkpoint is set up within Burlington Twp.  The objective is to remove dangerous vehicles from the road and to promote safe driving practices.

  • High Intensity Traffic Enforcement (HITE) – HITE is a traffic enforcement initiative where members of the Traffic Unit, or other assigned officers, target pre-determined areas.   These target areas are developed after reviewing locations of “hot spots," which are identified by way of crash analysis reports and review of traffic safety complaints received from the public.

  • U Text, U Drive, U Pay – Texting and other forms of messaging while driving are real dangers on America’s roads.  While distracted driving can take many other forms, these texting behaviors have become one of the most pervasive forms of distracted driving.  Distracted-driving crashes accounted for 15% of injury crashes and 14% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019.  According to NHTSA, between 2012 and 2019, nearly 26,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.  While fatalities from motor-vehicle crashes decreased slightly from 2018, distraction-related fatalities increased by 10%.

 

 

  • Click It or Ticket – In 2019, 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States.  While that was a decrease from 2018, an early study for 2020 suggests that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, driving patterns and behaviors changed significantly.  Of those drivers who remained on the roads, there was more risky behavior, including people not wearing their seat belts.  Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach.  You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. And remember: always buckle up!

 

 

  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – Driving after drinking is deadly.  Yet it still continues to happen across the United States. If you drive while impaired, you could get arrested, or worse — be involved in a traffic crash that causes serious injury or death.  Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with BACs of .08 or higher).  In 2019, there were 10,142 people killed in these preventable crashes.  In fact, on average over the 10-year period from 2010-2019, more than 10,000 people died every year in drunk-driving crashes.
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