Community Support

The thin blue lines painted in the middle of select Bergen County roads don’t indicate new traffic patterns, but they are meant to grab your attention.
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The thin blue lines painted in the middle of select Bergen County roads don’t indicate new traffic patterns, but they are meant to grab your attention. The lines, most of them appearing between the double-yellow line along main streets, carry a simple message—it’s a community that supports its police department.

“I like the idea a lot,” says Renee Brody, a 45-year-old River Vale resident. She admits that she didn’t know the meaning behind the painted line but was familiar with “the thin blue line,” a term commonly used to describe the camaraderie between police officers. “It’s a nice touch to let our local police department know that we’re behind them.”

River Vale is one of many Bergen towns to paint the blue line on its streets. Towns such as Fair Lawn, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Northvale, Ridgewood and Wyckoff have also joined the movement. Others like Glen Rock, Montvale and Westwood not only have blue lines but also red and white lines in support of their fire departments and ambulance corps.

In case you’re wondering, the blue line isn’t permitted in all parts of the state, but in Bergen, officials have approved it for county roads.

Let us know how you feel about the blue lines on your streets. Email us at editor@wainscotmedia.com. 

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