Pedestrian safety program hosted in Newark
November 11, 2013 by Sarah
On November 1, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) held an event on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark that formed the start of a ‘Street Smart’ pedestrian campaign designed to help both motorists and pedestrians to improve safety on the road. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used by the NJTPA to both announce the new campaign and the event.
The campaign is a collaboration between the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety, the New Jersey Division of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. According to Executive Director of the NJTPA, Mary K. Murphy, the campaign emphasizes that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists should check their vital signs (namely crosswalks, speed limits, stop signs, and walk/don’t walk signals) when they are on the sidewalks and roads. Murphy stresses thatiIf people paid more attention to these critical signs, there could be fewer accidents and more lives saved.
The event included various video presentations that compared vehicle stopping times and distances at various speeds of the vehicle. For example, a vehicle traveling at 25mph can stop in time if the driver sees someone crossing the road in its path. At 35mph, however, this is not likely to be the case.
Newark, Hackettstown, Jersey City, and Woodbridge are the towns in which the program is being piloted in November. Grassroots public awareness efforts, advertising, and law enforcement are being used by the campaign to address safety for pedestrians.