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Lakewood to Begin Pedestrian Safety Campaign This Week

The Lakewood, N.J. police shield.
The Lakewood, N.J. police shield.

Officials in Lakewood, in an effort to reduce accidents between vehicles and pedestrians, have decided to participate in a two-day educational blitz this week led by the state Department of Transportation, followed by a months-long safety campaign.

The campaign, called Street Smart NJ, is a “collaborative effort among public, private and non-profit organizations,” an announcement of the program issued Monday said. Representatives from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will be at various intersections in Lakewood on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31 to distribute flyers and information about the Street Smart NJ safety campaign.

Additionally, the Lakewood police department with be working with local organizations to educate motorists and pedestrians for several weeks afterwards. Street Teams, groups of professionals and volunteers, will be out in Lakewood, distributing safety tips at busy intersections. During the campaign, motorists and pedestrians will see street signs, posters, tip cards and other educational materials throughout the community. Campaign participants and their partners will also be sending e-blasts to raise additional awareness about pedestrian safety.


New Jersey is a focus state on the part of the federal government’s campaign to promote pedestrian safety. In 2014, the last year for which statistics were available, 170 pedestrians died as a result of pedestrian-vehicle crashes, according to the most recent data available from the New Jersey State Police. From 2010 through 2014, 749 pedestrians were killed on New Jersey’s roads and more than 17,000 were injured. That translates into one death every 2.4 days and 11 injuries daily.

Street Smart NJ was previous employed in Long Beach Island during the summer months to try to reduce pedestrian-involved accidents.

  • KaayC

    They drive like L.U.N.A.T.I.C.S. in Lakewood. I went to Stitch n Sew and could not even make a left into the driveway. Rudest people I have ever encountered driving in that town.
    Totally rude and obnoxious people. I have gone to Stitch and Sew for decades, but will no longer. I will not be patronizing any businesses in Lakewood. Who needs it. They need to get rid of KarsforKids, make those loons pay for autos and insurance like the rest of us and they will stop the haphazard, aggressive, egotistical, myopic driving habits fast.

  • SoWhat?

    Saturday there will be hundreds of people from Toms River going door to door in Lakewood asking the Hasidics to sell their houses. The Toms River people will be wearing very little clothing. Women will be wearing shorty shorts and skimpy tops and men will be wearing shorty shorts and no tops.
    They will be knocking on door after door, again and again to give the Hasidics a taste of their own medicine.

  • Mac

    Between the beards and clothes of the majority of Lakewood residents, perhaps requiring an orange vest with safety reflector stripes or a flashing LED light campaign button on the black hats is the way to go for pedestrians.