Elie Katz, a member of the Teaneck township council, has begun a campaign to distribute safety belts.
In a letter sent to Teaneck residents and posted on teaneckshuls, he writes, “As the weather gets a little warmer, more people are out on the streets; walking, playing ball, and just generally enjoying the nicer weather. As the number of people on the street goes up, so do the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the number of pedestrian fatalities for 2010 was 4,092 and the number of pedestrian injuries was 59,000.”
Harold Gellis will administer the “Stay Safe Teaneck Pedestrian” campaign and provide free reflective belts on Sunday, Feb. 20, from 9 to 10 a.m., at Cong.Beth Aaron, 950 Queen Anne Road. “Supplies are limited” Katz writes, “so at this time it is one per family,” and only for Teaneck residents. “For more information or to reserve a belt,” his letter continues, “e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations made out to Friends of Elie Y. Katz will help purchase even more safety belts for our community (just $10 can help me purchase three).”