Street Smart NJ Regional Kickoff Event Tuesday 3/7/16

WHAT:
Press conference kicking off the latest round of Street Smart NJ, a pedestrian safety campaign that has proven success in changing motorist and pedestrian behaviors.

  • The campaign has been expanded from six communities in 2013 to 12 in 2016.
  • A street team will be outside the event demonstrating how the campaign educates motorists and pedestrians.
  • A local principal will speak about her school’s efforts to educate students about pedestrian safety after a second grader was hit by a vehicle last year.
  • A video demonstrating the dangers of speed will be shown.
  • Recognition of the 12 partner communities for 2016: Elizabeth, Franklin (Sussex County), Hackettstown, Jersey City, Lakewood, Long Beach Island, Metuchen, Newark, Passaic, Red Bank, Toms River and Woodbridge.
  • Recognition of Transportation Management Association (TMA) 2016 campaigns: Flemington and Clinton (HART Commuter Services) and Morristown (TransOptions).

 

WHY:                       

New Jersey’s pedestrian fatality rate is nearly double the national average

  • New Jersey is 14th in the nation in pedestrian fatalities
  • 736 pedestrians killed, 22,006 injured between 2010-2014
  • Pedestrian deaths account for 25.6 percent of all crash-related fatalities from 2010-2014, well above the national average of 14 percent.

WHO:                      

  • J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor of Elizabeth
  • Peter S. Palmer, NJTPA Chairman and Somerset County Freeholder
  • Mary K. Murphy, NJTPA Executive Director
  • Brian Clancy, Elizabeth Police Officer
  • Dr. John D’Angelo, Chair of Emergency Medicine, Trinitas Regional Medical Center
  • Sulisnet Jimenez, Principal, Public School No. 28

 

WHEN:                    

Tuesday, March 8, 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Lessner Auditorium – Union County College, Sydney Lessner Building, 40 West Jersey St., Elizabeth NJ.

(Parking is available for $2/hour in the J. Christian Bollwage Parking Garage adjacent to the college)