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HTS Director Eric Heitmann

  Here at the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, our mission is the safe passage of ALL roadway users in New Jersey, including the many varieties of motorists and pedestrians as we move towards zero fatalities.

In October, we focus on some of the most vulnerable people who use our roadways – children on school buses during National School Bus Safety Week (10/21-10/25), newly licensed teen drivers during National Teen Driver Safety Week (10/20-10/26), and pedestrians during Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day (10/10).
We strive every day to reduce fatalities through our grant work, partnerships with state and local police departments, and traffic safety partners, but we need your help. Read on for a couple tips on how you can protect yourself and others from a crash:

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: As a motorist, be aware of an increased number of school buses on the road with school and after school clubs back in full swing and remember to NEVER pass a bus when its stop sign is extended. Doing so could result in 5 points on your license.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: As a pedestrian, remember to only cross in a crosswalk, even when walking to the corner may not be as convenient. Doing so tremendously reduces your chance of being hit by a car while crossing the street.

TEEN DRIVER SAFETY: New Jersey has some of the most stringent new driver laws to ensure safety. Obey all of the rules laid out by the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program and Kyleigh’s Law as you get used to driving on New Jersey’s roadways. They’re there to protect you!

Check out the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety social media pages throughout the month of October for social media campaigns during National School Bus Safety Week, National Teen Driver Safety Week, and Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day for more information and safety tips:

  • Facebook - @NewJerseyDivisionofHighwayTrafficSafety
  • Twitter - @NJTrafficSafety
  • Instagram- @NJTrafficSafety,

For a wealth of information on a wide array of traffic safety topics, please visit the Division’s frequently updated web site at

I invite everyone to contact our office via phone (609) 633-9300 or email with questions, comments, or suggestions. We are listening and we are here to ensure that everyone gets where they are going and gets back to their loved ones SAFELY. With your help, we are well on the way to achieving our goal of zero fatalities.

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