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Sunday, December 26, 2010
With the blizzard now coming down hard in NJ, the authorities are asking people to leave their cars at home and walk.

If you must go out in this weather it is extremely important to insure that you are properly visible from a safe distance. Remember the cars need extra time to see you plus extra time to stop in bad weather. Make sure you are wearing good quality reflective wear. Reflective stripes are best seen when they are at least two inches wide.

Also, please be aware that some reflective materials are inferior to others. Bright Ideas Reflective belts can be seen from over 1000 ft. They also give you 360 degrees of visibility. Always make sure you are properly visible from the side.

A reflector will only light up when a light is shone on it. As an added safety measure you can also wear a multi purpose safety light. 0 Comments
Monday, December 20, 2010
LYNDHURST, NJ (AP) – Night owls in northern New Jersey can get a close glimpse of the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years.

The total eclipse is set to happen at 3:17 a.m. Tuesday.

Remember to wear a reflector when out in the dark. A reflective belt weighs less than 2 ounces and is easy to keep in a coat pocket or glove compartment in case it is needed 0 Comments
If you walk or bike to work besides for getting exercise and saving money on transportation cost, it is also safer. Auto collisions are the leading cause of injury-related deaths (Wikipedia). To insure your safety use reflective wear and bicycle lights especially when walking or biking early in the morning or in the evening when it is dark.

Those who walk or bike to work are definitely out numbered, although it is definitely a smarter way to travel.(If work is too far, you can also walk or bike part of the way to a bus or train stop).
Here are the new numbers for New Jersey on how they commute to work (according to the new US census - see:

* 0.31% Biked (US 0.5%),
* 3.35% Walked (US 2.9%)
* 10.75% took transit (US 4.95%) 0 Comments
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Delco RRC has been running for fun and fitness since 1972 and is one of the oldest running clubs in the Philadelphia area. The club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America. Delco puts safety first by using Bright Ideas top quality reflective armbands . They just had armbands customized with their eye catching logo. What a great promotional safety item. 0 Comments
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
According to the weather report we may see some snow in Lakewood tomorrow or Sunday. Please remember that drivers can see less in bad weather and need more time to brake. Look at the difference in the visibility of these two people after they put on Bright Ideas Reflective belts . Let's stop taking chances. It is worth it to take the time and snap on a simple reflective belt before going outside in the dark. 0 Comments
Monday, December 13, 2010
NJ emergency notification registry plan advances
Posted by lakewood246 in Local News on Dec 12th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – (AP) — A New Jersey senate panel approves a proposed voluntary registry that would be used to notify family members when someone is involved in a serious auto accident.

The measure, known as “Sara’s Law,” would allow those with New Jersey driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards to electronically submit the name and telephone number of an emergency contact to the Motor Vehicle Commission.

If the person is killed, incapacitated or seriously injured in an accident, law enforcement personnel would use the registry to notify the emergency contact.

The bill was unanimously approved by the Assembly in June, and the Senate’s Transportation Committee passed it in September. It was then sent to the senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee, which recently gave its approval. 0 Comments
Sunday, December 12, 2010
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
The below article brings to mind a very good piece of advice. It is a good idea to always have a red flashing light and/or reflective apparel in your car in case you have to pull over for an emergency. The light or reflective belt/vest will insure you are seen by the cars speeding by.

NJDOT makes changes to roadside assistance program
Posted by lakewood246 in Local News on Dec 7th, 2010 | no responses

TRENTON — New Jersey is making changes to a program that assists motorists who break down on the highway.

The renamed Safety Service Patrol will provide assistance on 225 miles of New Jersey’s busiest highways, including I-80, I-78, I-287, I-195 and I-295.

Transportation Commissioner James Simpson announced the changes on Tuesday.

He said SSP service will be provided 16 hours a day on weekdays and 10 hours per day on weekends.

It’s a realigned version of the Emergency Service Patrol that’s been operating since 1994. It provided service on 400 miles of highways. Simpson said coverage is being pulled back from relatively low-traffic areas.

The state’s toll roads — the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway — have their own services. 1 Comments
Saturday, December 04, 2010

WASHINGTON — Rearview cameras could become more common in future cars and trucks under new rules the government was proposing Friday to address concerns about drivers unintentionally backing over children.

The Transportation Department was offering new requirements to improve rear visibility in cars by the 2014 model year. Most carmakers would meet the requirements by installing rear-mounted video cameras and in-vehicle displays.

Targeting so-called blind zones in large sport utility vehicles and pickups, Congress required the safety upgrades in 2008 in response to dozens of cases of children getting backed over by cars. The legislation was named after Cameron Gulbransen, a 2-year-old New York boy who was killed when his father accidentally backed over him in his driveway.

“There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver to back out of a garage or driveway and kill or injure an undetected child playing behind the vehicle,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He said the changes would “help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up.”

Nearly 300 people are killed and 18,000 injured each year because of backovers, according to data kept by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly half the deaths involve children under age 5 and the crashes also affect the elderly.

Many of the deaths involve busy parents juggling careers and children and toddlers who get behind a parked car, not realizing the inherent dangers. In about 70 percent of the cases, a family member is responsible for the death, said Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars, a Kansas-based safety group.

“You’re talking about people who love their children more than anyone,” Fennell said. “How do you go on if you’ve killed your own child or grandchild?”

Automakers have been adding video cameras and object detection sensors to vehicles to help drivers when backing up or parking. But the backup cameras are still optional equipment on most vehicles and only about 20 percent of 2010 vehicles have the cameras onboard.

The proposal is expected to be completed next year after a public comment period. Under the plan, 10 percent of the vehicle fleet will need to meet the standards by the 2012 model year, followed by 40 percent in 2013 and all new vehicles by 2014.

The rules will apply to all passenger cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans and other vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds.

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