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The following links are provided as a resource to learn more about traffic safety related issues and topics.  Safe driving practices, teen driving, seat belt use, DWI prevention and pedestrian safety issues are some of the topics covered that you might find helpful.

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The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety Web Site offers a variety of relevant traffic safety information for public view.  Information about new laws, traffic safety, perdestrian safety, bicycle safety and statewide trafffic enforcement initiatives are available.

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Ice & Snow - Remove It Before You Go
Ice & Snow – Remove It Before You Go
Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.
Winter Driving Tips I Links
Drive slow (at or below the posted speed limit) and adjust your speed for the changing road conditions.
Turn on your headlights, using low beams when traveling in snow.
Increase your following distance. In winter weather, travel at least eight to 10 seconds behind the car in front of you.
Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution in doing so. Remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see him, but they don’t always see you.
If you skid, don’t brake or accelerate. Remove your foot from the gas, and gently steer your car in the direction of the skid (the direction the rear of your vehicle is sliding.) When your car starts heading in the desired direction, carefully straighten the wheel.
Slow down before exiting the highway. Exit ramps often have icy patches, sharp curves and stalled or stopped vehicles.
Have a personal safety kit easily accessible in your vehicle that includes: an ice scraper/brush; shovel; jumper cables or battery starter; blanket; sand, salt or kitty litter for traction; lock de-icer; flashlight and new batteries; extra windshield wiper fluid; safety flares/warning device; cell phone with spare battery; water and non-perishable food (i.e., granola or protein bars); and paper towels or a cloth.
If your vehicle does become disabled, pull off the road as far as possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Remain with your vehicle until help arrives. If you can’t get your vehicle off the road and are uncertain about your safety, do not stay in your vehicle or stand behind it. Proceed carefully to a safe location away from traffic.
Links I Winter Driving Tips
Ice & Snow Palm Card – Produced by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, this two-sided color palm card addresses the safety concerns and penalties associated with not adequately removing all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving. Additionally, it includes a list of “Winter Driving Tips” to help ensure the safety of motorists during this challenging driving season.
Ice & Snow Poster – Measuring 12″ x 18″, this informational poster should play an integral part in any Winter driving awareness campaign.
Ice & Snow Removal Law videoNEW A 30-second TV PSA reminding motorists that they must remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before driving. This amended law became effective October 20, 2010.
NJ511 Alerts – Presented by the NJ Department of Transportation, this Google Maps based web page was designed to complement the NJ511 telephone service. It provides an easy, user friendly way for commuters to see where incidents, accidents, congestion and events like weather and construction are occurring on New Jersey’s roads.
Hang Up! Just Drive.
Overview I Additional Resources

Distracted Driving Overview
Take the No Phone Zone Pledge
Take the No Phone Zone Pledge
Make your car a No Phone Zone. This site contains video clips featuring Oprah Winfrey with experts describing the dangers of driving distracted as well as personal accounts from victims of distracted driving.
The State of NJ, this department and division are not affiliated with the “No Phone Zone” campaign. We do not endorse Oprah, or any of the advertisers you will encounter at her Web site or while viewing her videos.
Driving Distractions Include:
Tuning a radio, CD player or ipod
Applying makeup or personal grooming
Tending to children or pets
Eating and drinking
Programming a GPS
Using a cell phone
  • It is a primary offense for a motorist to talk or text message with a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device while driving.
  • Use of a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device includes, but is not limited to:
    • Talking or listening to another person.
    • Text messaging or sending an electronic message.
  • There is a fine for violating this statute; no points will be assessed for the offense.
  • The operator of a motor vehicle may use a hand-held wireless telephone while driving with one hand on the steering wheel only if:
    • The operator has reason to fear for his/her life or safety, or believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him/herself or another person.
    • The operator is using this device to report to appropriate authorities: a fire; traffic crash; serious road hazard; medical or hazardous material emergency; or another motorist who is driving in a reckless, careless or otherwise unsafe manner or who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • The amended law took effect on March 1, 2008
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Overview I Additional Information & Resources
Summertime and the end-of-year holidays are when most Americans gather to enjoy their free time with friends and family. They are also some of the most deadly times on American roads due to impaired driving. That’s why during the summer and the end of the year, a nationwide campaign comprised of thousands of traffic safety partners, join together to protect citizens from this deadly crime.
Here in New Jersey, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety utilizes the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to achieve its goal: prevention.
The Goal is Prevention
The key to deterring impaired driving is highly visible enforcement. The research is clear on the affect highly visible enforcement has on deterring impaired driving. Prevention and not arrest is the goal of the campaign. Drivers must perceive that the risk of being caught is too high before their behavior will change. Use the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message to convince audiences that the chance of being caught is too high to risk. This message works and has influenced many citizens nationwide not to drink and drive.

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