Safety campaign tells drivers and pedestrians to be 'Street Smart' | NJTV News
Pedestrian safety is a serious problem in New Jersey. Last year alone, 184 people died in pedestrian-vehicle crashes, according to the New Jersey State Police.
“People are distracted. People are not slowing down for pedestrians. We unfortunately in the last few years have had two crossing guards struck by people. One was seriously hurt. One was hurt a little bit, but it’s really unacceptable,” said Garfield City Manager Thomas Dutch.
Now the city of Garfield is joining the ranks of 74 other cities and towns by participating in a month-long safety campaign called “Street Smart NJ”
The statewide campaign focuses on five core messages: drivers are reminded to stop for pedestrians and obey speed limits; pedestrians are urged to use crosswalks and wait for the walk sign; and the fifth message — “heads up, phones down” — is for everyone…
Police officers will also be handing out pedestrian safety information and reminding people who are driving and walking to be safe and to look out for other travelers when using the roads.