A crushed, battered, and utterly destroyed car on the lawn of town hall will serve as a visually striking reminder about the importance of traffic safety this month.
Mayor Robert Parisi has declared August to be West Orange Traffic Safety Awareness Month. The West Orange Police Department will work with the Nikhil Badlani Foundation for the next few weeks to bring more attention to this issue that affects drivers and pedestrians alike.
“The Township will continue its aggressive enforcement and unwavering commitment to foster communication with our community to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe,” wrote Parisi in a press release. “Working closely with the Nikhil Badlani Foundation helps the Township bring awareness to residents on a more personal level.”
The Nikhil Badlani Foundation was set up by West Orange residents Sunil and Sangeeta Badlani after their sixth-grade son, Nikhil, had been in June 2011 in South Orange.
Today, West Orange police will be at the Essex Green Shopping Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to talk with residents about traffic safety.
Police will also be at the Essex Green Shopping Center every weekend throughout the month on the following dates and times:
• Aug. 11: from 9 a.m. to noon;
• Aug. 17: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.;
• Aug. 25: from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Macys; and
• Aug. 31: from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.