Greater Mercer TMA and the Borough of Hightstown collaborated on a new safety campaign called the Neighborhood PACE Car Program. The Borough of Hightstown adopted a resolution on October 1st endorsing the citizen-based campaign that aims to make their community safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by reducing vehicle speed.
Residents will be able to register as a pace car driver, sign a pledge to drive the speed limit, stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks, yield to pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks at intersections, share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities, eliminate texting and phone use while driving, display the Pace car magnet on their car, and encourage others to take the pledge. The Pace car magnet communicates the intention to drive the speed limit to other drivers and helps slow down the traffic.
Mayor Quattrone said he is excited about the Pace Car Program coming to the Borough: “With a major state highway going through and serving as the main street in downtown Hightstown, speeding and the lack of respect for crosswalks, pedestrians and bicyclists has been an issue that the Borough has been dealing with for many years. While the Borough works diligently with NJDOT, and our Police Department is vigilant in their duties to curb speeding and the other issues, having the residents participate and display the magnet on their vehicle while they “set the pace through the Borough” lets drivers know that the residents of the Borough are taking these matters seriously and will not tolerate bad driving in Hightstown Borough. I look forward to the participation of our residents and a successful program that will benefit all who visit, live and work in Hightstown, whether by vehicle, bicycle, or walking.”
Hightstown residents can pick up pledge forms and car magnets from the Hightstown Municipal Offices, 156 Bank Street, or the Hightstown Public Library, 114 Franklin Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. An online pledge will is available at http://www.hightstownborough.com/.