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STOP, LOOK AND WAVE: NEW VILLAGE-WIDE SAFETY INITIATIVE IS LAUNCHED

Ridgewood will kick off a pedestrian safety initiative entitled “Stop, Look, Wave: Be Safe Be Seen” in mid-April.The innovative safety campaign targets Ridgewood pedestrians and drivers, with the goal of preventing pedestrians from being involved in road traffic collisions. The safety initiative aims to blanket vehicles in Ridgewood with more than 5,000 car magnets, reminding pedestrians in Ridgewood and neighboring communities to stop, look and wave before crossing, and encouraging motorists to be extra vigilant when traveling on village streets.

Rollout of the “Stop, Look, Wave” safety initiative involves conducting educational assemblies in Ridgewood elementary and middle schools in April. A safety presentation created by Ridgewood parent and hard-working safety advocate Jeanne Johnson, under the direction of Meliam Gonzales, a trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator from Hackensack University Medical Center, will be given to students at each school to teach safe pedestrian behavior.

The safety team will distribute pedestrian safety informational materials to every K-8 student in Ridgewood, including a traffic safety brochure designed for parents (and customized for the roadways surrounding each school) and car magnets adorned with the safety message “Stop, Look, Wave.” Car magnets will also be available for sale for a minimal fee at Ridgewood High School.

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