Disturbing news to cap off 2017:  NJ 101.5 is reporting that according to the latest State Police stats, traffic deaths in New Jersey this year are at the highest level in 10 years.   

“The number of people killed in car crashes in New Jersey is up for the fourth straight year, reaching a level last seen a decade ago.

Through Tuesday, there had been 628 traffic fatalities in New Jersey in 2017 and still rising – the most since 2007 and on pace to finish the year with nearly 100 more deaths than at the recent low point in 2013, when fatalities had dipped to the lowest mark in 91 years.”

Read the full article here: http://nj1015.com/nj-roads-getting-deadlier-traffic-deaths-at-highest-level-in-10-years/

In September 2016, Assemblyman John Wisniewski filed A4005, a bill that would require the NJ driver’s license exam to include questions on distracted driving. It would also prohibit motorists from talking or texting on a hand-held wireless device while their vehicle is temporarily stopped.

Given the frightening statistics released by the NJ State Police, it’s clear that something needs to be done about distracted driving.  Assemblyman Wisniewski is retiring from the legislature at the end of this session, so I’m hoping that if the bill isn’t fast-tracked between now and January 16, perhaps another member of the legislature will take up this cause and work to keep both motorists and pedestrians safe. 

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