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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill or Erin Phalon

RELEASE: February 7, 2006


NJDOT supports Stanley bill prohibiting proximity
of highway ramps to school buildings

(Trenton)-New Jersey Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Kris Kolluri today expressed his support for Assembly Bill 856, which will be considered today by the Assembly Education Committee. The bill, which is sponsored by Assemblyman Craig Stanley, dramatically enhances safety near schools by requiring that highway entrance and exit ramps are at least 1,000 feet from schools serving students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

“Assemblyman Stanley’s bill would protect schoolchildren from the danger posed by vehicles traveling at speeds more appropriate for highway traffic,” said Acting Commissioner Kolluri. “This legislation is an important component of the Department of Transportation’s commitment to safety and will compliment existing pedestrian safety initiatives, such as Safety First and the Safe Streets to Schools program.”

The bill is named "Terrell James' Law," in memory of an 8-year-old who was killed in a tragic 1997 accident that occurred on a Newark playground located between two highway ramps.

The legislation also prohibits the construction of schools within 1,000 feet of highway ramps. In addition, it requires NJDOT, in consultation with the Department of Education, to study the public safety hazards posed by the entry or exit ramps located within 1,000 feet of schools and make recommendations as to how to avoid or minimize such hazards when designing ramps and abate such hazards for existing ramps.

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