LUMBERTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s (NJ MVC) Safety Advisory Council recently requested the participation of Barry Lefkowitz, executive director of LANJ (Limousine Associations of New Jersey) and NLA lobbyist, in a five-year initiative to improve safety in the state.
New Jersey is experiencing several key trends, from an increase in densely populated areas, to teenage accidents, to special needs for an aging population. The NJ MVC says it realizes in order to capably address the hurdles to its future successes, strong feedback and innovative ideas from other related groups and industries are needed. Other participants in the plan are key organizations such as MADD, NJ State’s Chiefs of Police, and the American Motorcyclist Association, among others.
Topics that represented key safety areas for the NJ MVC were discussed at the Safety Advisory Council's most recent meeting. Law enforcement, the courts, regulating entities, educators, safety organizations, and other organizations decided on the priority of each topic. After the group voted, the following issues were listed according to priority.
1. Driver Control — MVC has a long history of involvement with drivers — from supporting driver education, testing, licensing — to monitoring, sanctions, improvement, and license retirement.
2. Teen Drivers — Teens are involved in more accidents per mile driven than any other driver age category.
3. Older Drivers — With the population age increasing, the number of older drivers who exhibit deteriorating skills and medical conditions impacts safety.
4. Motorcycle Safety — With motorcycles growing in popularity, it is recognized that specialized training is proven to help prevent collisions.
5. Commercial Vehicle Driving — Many trucks and buses travel NJ roads leading to a greater risk of collisions. Commercial driving is regulated at the federal level. The availability of qualified drivers is a safety concern.
"The council has effective and well-attended sessions made up of people with various areas of expertise and knowledge, including the directors of key traffic and motor vehicle-related departments within the state of New Jersey,” said Lefkowitz. “I am honored to be selected to sit as a participant on this council."
Source: Limousine Associations of New Jersey