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A Race to Disaster
The Muniz Family Story

This is a story about an 18 year old from Galloway Township, NJ, Christian Muniz, who went out drinking with friends one night.  In two vehicles they decided to race on the way home.  The other driver leaves his lane and hits Christian's rear bumper sending him off the roadway.  Christian remains paralyzed from the crash.  Friendships are severed and a family is changed forever.      

More information and the video           

                                                                                                     Click on picture for YouTube teaser

Click HERE 
to go to survey monkey to watch the video (14 min)
and answer the questions to avoid a ticket
(have your warning handy for completion)

Just want to watch the video
distracted driving, bicycle, pedestrian & motorcycle safety

BACK TO SCHOOL
Sharing the road with school buses

  
Motorist must stop at least 25 feet from the bus, in both directions, when the school bus has the flashing red lights engaged.  The only exception is on divided highways (raised median as shown left or landscpated  median), when the motorist traveling in the opposite drection may slow to 10 MPH. 

Passing a school bus with flashing red lights has the highest point violation, assessing 5 points and a fine between $100 and $250.  

 

 

www.theMattMaherStory.com

That Guy - From Perception to Reality

Matt Maher, Lower Township, NJ, is out of jail and hitting the school circuit again, thanks to a grant from State Farm.  His first presentation is Wednesday, October 15 at Cumberland County College at 11 am.  Schools interested in scheduling a presentation should contact teresa@sjtsa.org or 856-794-1941. Below are the confirmed presentations.

Oct 21, Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing
Oct 29, Ocean City High School
Oct 30, Hammonton High School
Oct 30, Atlantic County Alternative School
Nov 3, Oakcrest High School
Nov 17, Schalick High School
Nov 19, St Joes High School
Nov 20, Buena Regional High School
Nov 26, Deptford High School
Dec 22, Vineland High School

Looking at dates are Pleasantville High School (wed in Dec), Salem County Vo-Tech (week of Dec 15) and Pennsauken High School (Dec 9).  

 

Motor Vehicle  Fatal Crash Statistics for Year 2014  
  
 440 mv related fatalities in NJ 
As of October 21, 2014
70
mv related fatalities in SJTSA region
                        
                         

  Drivers Passengers Motor-
cyclist
Bike, ATV,
Dirt Bike  
Pedestrians Total Fatals
Atlantic Co 15 9 2 - 5 31
Cape May  8 2 -  - 1 11
Cumb Co 12 1 1 - 2 16
Salem Co 9 3 3 - - 15
Totals 44 15 6 0 8 73

 


        
RED THUMB REMINDER
 
Inspired by his daughter's technique of tying a piece of yarn around her finger to remember something for school, a father decides to paint his thumbnail red so every time he picked up his phone from behind the wheel, all he would see was a big red thumb reminding him to put the phone away. 

    As silly as it sounds, it totally worked.  And now his hope is that it'll work for everyone else. One red thumbnail at a time.

Video Clip


MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES

  New 
Jersey
SJTSA 
Region
Atlantic
County
Cape May
County
Cumberland County Salem County
2012 595 71 32 11 19 9
2013 542 75 39 5 23 8

2012 Press Release                    2013 Press Release

 


NEW ANTI-DRINKING AND DRIVING VIDEO FOR TEENS
BASED ON REAL LIFE STORY OF CHRISTIAN MUNIZ, GALLOWAY TWP, NJ

www.MUNIZFAMILYSTORY.com
scroll down to blue box to read more

 

MARCH DEADLIEST MONTH
IN REGION IN 2013

  Fatalities Atlantic Co Cape May Co Cumb Co Salem Co
March  13 7   5 1
November 9 5   3 1
August  8 4 1 3  
May, July, Dec 7 4 - 3 - 5 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 2 - 1 1 - 1 - 1
September 6 4   2  
Jan, June, Oct 2 - 1 - 2 2 - 0 - 1 1 - 1 - 1 0 - 3 - 1
Feb, April 3 2 - 2   1 - 1  

49% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes were single vehicle.
57% were drivers and 13% passengers.
17% were motorcyclists.
86% were male. 

NJ Court Rules, August 28, 2013

You can be held responsible for a crash if you text a driver and 
they get into a crash as a result of reading or responding to your text

read the entire article  

 


MAY, JUNE and JULY DEADLIEST MONTHS
IN THE REGION IN 2012

44% of all mv fatalities in the region between May and Sept
9 each in May, June and July, 7 in August and 6 in September

25% were pedestrians.
13% were motorcyclists.
78% were male. 

 

   


                                         FINES INCREASE

Talking or texting on your hand-held cell phone while driving just got more expensive.  The current $100 fine will increase to a minimum of $200 and maximum of $400 for a first offense.  Third and subsequent offenders may lose their license for 90 days and receive 3 motor vehicle points.  Signed into law Thursday, June 27, the fines will go into effect on September 27, 2013.     
 

                     

                                      CRIMINAL CHARGES
                      IF YOU INJURE OR KILL 

Effective July 18, 2012,  any driver who causes serious injury or death to another motorist because they were talking or texting on a cell phone, may be charged criminally and spend up to 10 years in jail and fined a maximum of $150,000.00.  The law is known as the Kelush, Kubert and Bolis Law.  Full Law

Massachusettes teen sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for killing another motorist while driving and texting.  ARTICLE                     
                   
GET A MOBILE APP
                               
Need help staying off the phone while driving?  Try a mobile application, they can detect when the vehicle is moving and do all the work for you.  Incoming calls are re-routed to voice mail, texts replied with a message you are driving, and outbound calls and texts restricted.  Check with your cell phone company for free apps, others may cost.  Other applications to consider:  Teenage Speedster, Mobile Tattletale & Nigro's Accident Assist App.
                                    

NEW ANTI-DRINKING AN DRIVING VIDEO FOR TEENS
BASED ON REAL LIFE STORY OF CHRISTIAN MUNIZ, GALLOWAY TWP, NJ

www.MUNIZFAMILYSTORY.com

TV40 coverage                Press Release 

SJTSA hires VIP Video Production, Mantua, NJ, to produce teen DUI prevention documentary about Christian Muniz, a 24 year who was paralyzed at the age of 18 in a car crash after he had friends had been out drinking and decided to race.  

The project is being funded by a grant from State Farm, Celebrate My Drive Campaign. 

Penns Grove and Cumberland Regional High School students participate in re-enactments for Muniz video.  

Standing, left to right:  Kenny Griffith, Dominque Ware, Megan Zeigler.  Seated, left to right: Luis Villamil, Lewis Fragoao (as Christian) and De'Ja Morris.   

VIP Videographers: Darren and Shawn Leary. 

 

    1 child under the age of 8 died in each year 2012 and 2013
    2 children between 9 and 15 died in each year 2012 and 2013

 

MONTHLY CHILD SEAT CHECKS
9 am to 1 pm


ATLANTIC CO - 2nd Saturday, Bennett Chevy, EHT 
          
CAPE MAY CO - 3rd Saturday, Burke Chevy, CMCH 

Other areas, contact your local Sheriff's Office 
or the SJTSA
 

or visit  www.seatcheck.org 

 

 
Graduated Driver License Holders in Crashes in 2013
17 year old killed 18 year old passenger
17 year old killed 21 year old passenger
17 year old killed 14 year old passenger
2 18 year olds killed themselves



Get yours today, call 856-794-1941 or email your address to: teresa@sjtsa.org


 DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES
   
5% car insurance reduction and 2 points

                           The Alliance no longer provides this course.  

  Other Providers:

       - the National Safety Council (nsc.org)  
       - Amin Driving School (AminDriving.com)
        
(201) 659-2224
       - Bieniakowksi Educational Consultants
          (BECNJ.com) 1-888-SAFE-B1-S.
       - NJDefensiveDriving.com (973) 470-3194
       - SafeMotorist.com 1-800-732-4135
       - DefensiveDriving.com 1-888-545-5422
       - idrivesafely.com  

  Or visit NJMVC for a listing of approved providers. 

                   http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/Defensive.htm

 


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