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).
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.
- 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
Tuesday, March 8, 10 a.m.
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)