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Free 'Drive 25' Signs at Hazlet Police Dept.

Lt. Stephen Schmidt has dozens of these signs, free for the asking.

Looking for a way to slow down traffic on your block? Hazlet Police are distributing "Drive with Care" and "Drive 25" signs with metal stands that can be posted in the grass, neara the curb, during the daytime hours. 

Lt. Stephen Schmidt said the signs were donated by Colts Neck High School students last year. He has about 60 in stock and will distribute them to anyone who comes in to ask. 

Schmidt directed the Traffic Safety Dept. at Hazlet PD for 16 years, until the official office was dissolved during cutbacks. 

In his experience, he says these kind of signs are preferable to unapproved safety cones or sandwich boards parents place on the road when kids play.

"I don't prefer objects in the street," he said. These signs work because they are noticed by everyday drivers. "Fixed objects tend to blend in with the surroundings," he said. "These are meant to be taken in at night." 

Schmidt said most crashes in Hazlet are not related to speed. It is due to "Iiattentiveness," he said.

"With cellphones, texting, radios, people are not paying attention when they are driving," he said. 

JosephGhabourLaw July 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
What a wonderful way to make the community safer for children.
Holmdel Dem July 13, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Are Holmdel residents allowed to get a sign?
lisa July 14, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I would also like to know if this applies to Holmdel residents.
Christina Johnson (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
In Holmdel, about 200 signs were given out a year ago, said Sgt. Mike Pigott of the Traffic Safety Dept., and there are none left to distribute.
Jeff Rossi July 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Got mine!
Christina Romeo July 18, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I highly doubt the dump truck drivers who fly down Laurel Ave. and shake my entire house would even notice a sign. Great idea for the side streets, though.

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