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RELEASE: Apr. 2, 2013

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Christie Administration Brings Free Car Care Checks and Valuable Information to Leisuretowne Residents at Spring Car Care Fair
Seven State Agencies Partner in Event to Mark National Car Care Month

(SOUTHAMPTON TWP.) – To mark National Car Care Month, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez and his team of trained safety specialists today hosted free car care services and provided safety information to residents during a Spring Car Care Fair and “Wisdom Behind The Wheel” presentation in the adult community of Leisuretowne.

Joining Martinez at the event were representatives of six additional state agencies who offered assistance and answered questions from seniors whose cars the safety specialists examined. The departments represented included Consumer Affairs, Human Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, the Lottery and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Martinez explained that the meshing of activities at today's commemoration of National Car Care Month was designed to show how being a responsible vehicle owner not only means taking care of your vehicle through regular maintenance but also taking the necessary steps to remain safe behind the wheel.

“With more than seven million registered vehicles traveling the roadways of our state, it is important for owners to understand their responsibilities when it comes to car care and the safe operation of a motor vehicle,” said Martinez. “Routine maintenance, whether provided by a local garage, dealership or done by the owner, goes a long way in preventing costly repairs and for seniors, regular health checks and vision screenings are small steps that can help maintain one's ability to drive safely."

“It is our hope that seniors will leave the fair with a better understanding of the state services available to them as well as the confidence that both they and their cars are ready for everything from that trip down the shore to weekend getaways with friends and family," said Martinez.

From lights and windshield wipers checks to advice on oil, brake and tire changes, motorists were advised of any issues that needed attention. They were also reminded that keeping a vehicle in shape is essential because law enforcement can cite a driver for failure to make repairs to a vehicle.

In addition to car care, Martinez highlighted the important role that the state’s federally-mandated emissions inspections plays in maintaining air quality. The inspections are conducted every two years on vehicles that are older than five model years, at any one of 26 central inspection stations or 1,100 licensed, private inspection facilities.

The MVC continues to promote the environmental benefits of its emissions testing program and vehicle owner responsibility through its NJ Inspections campaign.  The campaign is used to communicate federally-mandated clean air messages, provide helpful maintenance tips, promote energy efficiency through “green” driving and assist owners in preparing for an inspection.

For more information, visit www.njinspections.com.

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