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OCEAN COUNTY- Police Departments along the Jersey Shore and throughout New Jersey are working to raise awareness about pedestrian safety this summer by partnering with Street Smart NJ.

There’s always an increase in the number of people out walking and biking during the warmer months, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged even more people to go for a walk or ride — whether for exercise or for transportation. With so many more people out, it’s more important than ever to keep safety in mind when traveling.

“Raising public awareness is paramount in helping to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads and especially during the summer season when we host thousands of visitors in our shore towns,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety in a press statement. “With the help of our police departments, we have developed an important partnership that takes the message on travel safety to where it really counts – to drivers and pedestrians who need to look out for each other every day, at every crosswalk, along every road and at every intersection. There is no vacation from safety.”

Freeholder Kelly is Second Vice Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees. The NJTPA developed and manages Street Smart NJ.

Several police departments on Long Beach Island — including Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City — are again working with Street Smart NJ this summer. Outdoor signs will be on display in participating communities and safety tip cards are being distributed.

In addition, Street Smart NJ advertisements on NJ TRANSIT buses will remind people driving and walking to keep safety in mind while traveling.

Street Smart NJ aims to change the behaviors that contribute to pedestrian-vehicle crashes through educational outreach and increased enforcement. Police will be reminding drivers to slow down and obey speed limits, stop for people crossing and avoid distractions. People walking are

Click here to read the official press release.