Long Beach Township Joins Street Smart NJ for Pedestrian Safety Campaign Kickoff

Next Wednesday, June 26, in Brant Beach
Jun 19, 2019

Brant Beach — New Jersey’s pedestrian fatality rate is nearly double the national average, and Street Smart NJ is making an effort to emphasize the role everyone can play in reducing crashes and saving lives. Long Beach Township will host a kickoff event for the Street Smart NJ campaign at 11 a.m. next Wednesday, June 26, to raise awareness about pedestrian safety during the busy summer season.

“Street Smart NJ aims to reduce the number of pedestrian-vehicle crashes in New Jersey by combining public education and law enforcement efforts,” said Melissa Hayes, senior manager of outreach for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

The event will take place at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and East Meade Avenue (68th Street) in Brant Beach, where Ocean County recently installed new traffic and pedestrian signals. In the case of inclement weather, the news conference will be moved inside the municipal building.

Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves on the NJTPA Board of Trustees, will speak. Other speakers include: Mary D. Ameen, NJTPA executive director; Megan Keller, community police officer for the Long Beach Township Police Department; Ed O’Connor from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety; Wendy Berk of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey; and Samantha Rodolico, a Burlington City High School student who is a finalist in the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s “U Got Brains Competition.”

According to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 624 people were killed in crashes in the state in 2017, including 183 pedestrians. New Jersey ranks 13th in the country in pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people.

To learn more about Street Smart NJ, visit bestreetsmartnj.org. —J.K.-H.

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