PD grant aims to make walking safer

This fall, the Collingswood Police Department kicked off a Street Smart NJ pedestrian-safety education campaign aimed at reducing motor-vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. The Street Smart campaign focuses on encouraging five key behaviors to improve safety:

  • Heads Up; Phones Down
  • Use Crosswalks
  • Wait for the Walk
  • Obey Speed Limits
  • Stop for Pedestrians

Signs, posters, tip cards and other safety messaging materials will be distributed throughout the community. As a compliment to traffic enforcement and officers walking the business district to educate the public, e-blasts, social media, and community presentations will be used to raise additional awareness about pedestrian safety.

“This campaign presents a wonderful opportunity for the CPD interact with residents and visitors to the Borough,“ said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “CPD will engage motorists and pedestrians to improve understanding of how to obey traffic laws and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Conversely, we’ll remind pedestrians to use crosswalks, to cross at intersections, and to not jaywalk. We can all use a refresher on how to share the road more safely and we hope to enforce good habits that have a long term impact here.”

Collingswood Police are aiming to educate pedestrians and motorists during the campaign and will work with schools and in other key areas like the Farmers’ Market and downtown to distribute materials and talk to pedestrians. Police will continue the campaign in spring as well.

To learn more visit http://bestreetsmartnj.org/