The Record of Keeping People Alive

Accidents strike all classes of people regardless of age, gender, occupation, location, time or socio-economic status. These injuries and loss of life inflict devastating costs to the emotional and financial security of families, employers and communities.

Regardless of the type of accident, most can be prevented. The New Jersey State Safety Council believes that accidents are not just random occurrences, but the result of “root” causes. It is the mission of the Council to provide information, education and the facilitation of safety practices.

Through programming, awareness training, strategic alliances and affiliations, the New Jersey State Safety Council has positively affected legislation that protects residents of the Garden State. In fact, the Council was a major part of the coalitions that produced the first Seat Belt law, the Primary Seat Belt law, the hand-held cell phone ban and the Graduated Driver’s License legislation.

The New Jersey Fire College, a division of the New Jersey State Safety Council, was the first statewide organization to standardize the training of volunteer firefighters. In 1928, the Council created the Foreman’s Safety Conference to provide occupational safety training to small and mid-size companies.

The Council supplies the necessary education to implement and maintain safety procedures to all who ask. The Council has trained tens of thousands of workers and instructors, and the results show in the safety records and practices of our subscribers.

Many companies donate the time and expertise of their staff to serve on Council committees that are instrumental in providing information to a large community of interested stakeholders and citizens.


The Mile Ahead

With the help of dedicated partners like Subaru Corporation, we have developed a strong cadre of facilitators for our teen driver program, Alive at 25. We deliver hard-hitting, thought-provoking, behavior-changing programs to both teen drivers and their parents. High schools in all portions of our state are now engaging teen drivers and their parents in programs that challenge behaviors as well as teach crash-avoidance techniques. The Council was recognized by Rutgers University and the National Safety Council for our efforts in educating teens and parents to reduce teen driving deaths.

We lose a teen driver or their passenger every week in the state of New Jersey. The New Jersey State Safety Council has worked in every county with communities, school districts and police departments to bring a coordinated Subaru Forrester donated by the Subaru Corporation effort to combat this horrible scourge. The Council has worked on issues regarding education, enforcement, adjudication, record- keeping and driver control and training. Only with your funds can this effort be sustained.

Our Alive at 25 programs for teens and parents have been widely recognized, eagerly sought out, and effectively implemented. You can help create a big difference in making our state a better place to work, live and recreate.

The Council is a member of the Governor’s Highway Traffic Safety Policy Advisory Committee (HTSPAC). We also chaired the section of the NewJersey Department of Transportation’s Strategic Plan regarding reducing crashes with young drivers. Members of that seminal effort went on to sit on the state’s teen driver study commission. Together with our partners and coalition members, many of the recommendations of both groups have been achieved either by decree or changes in legislation or regulation.

Teen drivers are only a part of our outreach. We have a long history of saving lives vvith driver improvement training. The Defensive Driving Course (DDC), offered by the Council and its partners, has trained millions of drivers since its inception in the 1960s. The Course has been so successful in reducing collisions and the associated costs that the State of New Jersey grants DDC course graduates a two-point reduction from their driving record and an insurance premium discount on motor vehicle insurance coverages.