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Will Lowering the Speed Limit in School Zones Help Keep Kids Safe?

Last month, a New Jersey Assembly committee advanced a bill that could lower the speed limit in school zones statewide. New Jersey 101.5 reported on the possible law change, including whether it would help make the roads around schools safer for kids. How Is This Bill Different from Current Laws That Lower the Speed Limit in School Zones? Under the proposed law change, counties and municipalities could implement permanent lower speed limits in school zones. This would differ from the current law, which only enables speed limits in school zones to be lower at certain times of the day when school is in session. In addition to municipalities and counties, the proposed law would allow the state to permanently lower speed limits in school zones if a local official requests the change. A previous version of the bill also proposed tripling fines for speeding in school zones. However, under this…
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Are the Rolling Chairs on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Safe?

Recently, New Jersey lawmakers passed new laws regarding safety regulations on rolling chairs in the Atlantic City Boardwalk. How Long Have Rolling Chairs Been Permitted on the Atlantic City Boardwalk? Rolling chairs are golf cart size covered taxis that people can use as transportation on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The chairs are manpowered, with operators pushing the vehicles from behind. According to The Press of Atlantic City, rolling chairs have been a fixture on the Atlantic City Boardwalk since the 1880s. At the time, they were the only vehicles allowed on the Boardwalk. Will New State Regulations on Rolling Chairs Improve Safety? Under the new state regulations, the director of license and inspection for Atlantic City will be allowed to determine whether a rolling chair is safe for passengers. Making it a requirement for rolling chairs to pass inspection before they are allowed to carry passengers should help ensure people…
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What Caused Pedestrian Deaths to Rise in 2016?

Per The Press of Atlantic City, here in the US, we saw a major increase in the number of pedestrian deaths last year. Reportedly, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian fatalities nationwide in 2016, which represented an 11 percent jump from the previous year. In addition, it has been over 20 years since this many pedestrian deaths happened in the US. The data used in the Press of Atlantic City article came from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Factors that researchers believe played a part in the increased number of pedestrian deaths, included the following: More motorists on the road because of lower gas prices and an improved economy An increase in the number of pedestrians walking for exercise Drivers and pedestrians who are distracted because they are engaged in other activities, like texting while driving or walking What Are the Options for Pedestrian Accident Victims and Their Families? Pedestrian accidents…
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