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HTS Director Pam Fischer

Director's Message
June 2008

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Pam Fischer
Director
 
  Summer Driving
  Thank you for taking the time to visit the Division of Highway Traffic Safety’s web site. The Division conducts comprehensive education and public awareness campaigns and funds law enforcement initiatives designed to address a broad array of traffic safety issues that will reduce crashes and ultimately save lives.
  With the Summer driving season upon us, there’s no better time to reinforce the importance of safe driving behaviors. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is through the national Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign.
  The annual “buckle up” campaign, which typically kicks-off the busy summer driving season, ran from May 19 to June 1. Towns and cities throughout the State conducted high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.
  While the concentrated mobilization lasted for two weeks, the Division’s goal is to have the campaign’s message, to buckle up, every ride, resonate with drivers and their passengers every day. Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a motorist and his or her passengers to protect themselves when riding in a motor vehicle. Last year in New Jersey, 211 of the 454 drivers and passengers killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up are between 45 and 75 percent less likely to face life threatening injuries in a car crash. Those statistics alone are reason enough to buckle-up, not only this summer, but year-round.
  As the weather continues to get warmer, motorists might also notice they’re not only sharing the road with cars, but more motorcycles. To increase public awareness about motorcycle safety, the Division offers safety tips to ensure that all who use our roads stay safe and free from harm.
  If you’re on a motorcycle remember to:
 
  • Always wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Drive defensively. Always assume that a motorist doesn’t see you, and make sure that you can safely maneuver out of a situation.
  • Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing. Don’t linger in blind spots.
  • Give yourself time and space to react. Don’t tailgate.
  • Avoid sudden braking or turning when driving on wet or gravel roads.
  • Always drive in traffic lanes, never on the shoulder.
  • Reinforce your knowledge periodically by participating in safety and skill courses.
  • Never drink and drive.
 

If you’re driving in a car, truck or SUV, remember to:

 
  • Be alert to motorcycles at all times, particularly in heavy traffic.
  • Anticipate the hazards a motorcycle will face, such as poor road conditions or a slick surface.
  • Keep a safe stopping distance between you and the motorcycle. Don’t tailgate a motorcycle. They require less stopping distance then a car.
  We hope you find this information helpful as you plan your summer travel. The Division’s web site has a wealth of information on a wide array of traffic safety issues. Be sure to visit our site often since new information is added regularly, and feel free to download the free educational materials. Enjoy the summer, and stay safe, both on and off the road… and don’t forget to buckle-up!
 
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