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For Immediate Release:  
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March 21, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
- Roberto Rodriguez, Director

 

Gary Myerovich
609-633-8727

 

Motorcyclists: “Ride Smart”
Motorists: “Be Alert”
As Spring Arrives, It’s a Winning Combination That Can Save Lives and Reduce Injuries!

(Trenton) - With the arrival of Spring, more motorcyclists are taking to the roadways of New Jersey. Assuring a safe riding season is up to motorcyclists and motorists alike. In a five-year period spanning 1999 - 2003, there were 253 fatal motorcycle crashes in New Jersey resulting in 255 deaths (Source: Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research). All were preventable which means all were unnecessary fatalities.

“Responsible operation of a motor vehicle is up to the rider and driver”, said Roberto Rodriguez, Governor’s Representative and Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Motorcyclists have to make sure they can be seen by operators of other vehicles and use proper space management on the road. Drivers, on the other hand, must be aware that a motorcyclist could be nearby.”

Remember, the same laws apply to motorcyclists and motorists. Law enforcement agencies on the state, county and local levels will be looking for impaired, aggressive, speeding, and careless riders and drivers.

Let’s make this season a safe one. Motorcyclists: RIDE SMART! Motorists: BE ALERT!

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