The other day, I was driving down the Garden State Parkway when all of the sudden, I couldn't believe what I saw.

There was a cluster of cars driving in and out of the lanes when two of them collided! One of the car's headlights broke and I saw glass shatter across the roadways before my eyes.

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Only one car pulled over and I saw the driver was okay but when I pulled out my phone, I thought to myself, "Crap! What is the number I call?"

I am sure most of you are thinking, "Um, duh...call 9-1-1!"

Authorities obviously needed to be alerted but no one was badly injured so I thought calling 9-1-1 would take resources away from someone who is actually in an emergency.

So that is the incident that inspired me to put together a list of non-emergency phone numbers that you should have if you live at the Jersey Shore!

Let's dive in.

GSP/Turnpike:

Garden State Parkway/NJ Turnpike Non-Emergency #: 1-800-213-9419

GSP Roadside Assistance: #477 (#GSP)

Turnpike Roadside Assistance: #95 or 800-213-9419

Police Department Non-Emergency Numbers: 

Asbury Park: (732) 774-1300

Bay Head: (732) 892-0632

Beach Haven:  (609) 492-0505

Beachwood: (732) 341-1242

Belmar: (732) 681-1700

Berkeley: (732) 341-1132

Bradley Beach: (732) 775-6900

Brick: (732) 262-1100

Eatontown: (732) 542-0100

Harvey Cedars: (609) 361-6000

Holmdel: (732) 946-4400

Howell: (732) 938-4111

Island Heights: (732) 270-3000

Lacey: (609) 693-6636

Lakehurst: (732) 657-7812

Lakewood: (732) 363-0200

Lavallette: (732) 793-4800

Long Beach Island: (609) 494-3322

Manalapan: (732) 446-4300

Manchester: (732) 657-2009

Marlboro: (732) 536-0100

Matawan: (732) 566-1010

Ocean Gate: (732) 269-2468

Ocean Township: (609) 693-4007

Pine Beach: (732) 341-2616

Point Pleasant: (732) 892-0060

Red Bank: (732) 530-2700

Rumson: (732) 842-0500

Seaside Heights: (732) 793-1800

Seaside Park: (732) 793-8000

Ship Bottom: (609) 494-1518

South Toms River: (732) 349-0313

Stafford: (609) 597-8581

Surf City: (609) 494-8121

Toms River: (732) 349-0150

Wall: (732) 449-4500

West Creek: (609) 296-3131

We tried to make sure that all towns are included on this list. If we missed a Non-Emergency number that you think should be included, just let us know so we can add it!

Keep these numbers on hand. You never know when you will need them!

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