New Jersey D.R.I.V.E. (Driver Response Impaired Vision
Middlesex County Slow Down in Our Town
The creation of M.C.O.P. (Middlesex County on Patrol) was originated
in 2003 by Freeholder H. James Polos in response to a Federal call for
citizen involvement to improve Homeland Security and added vigilance
within the community.
Freeholder Polos developed the program for county workers' which uses
existing radios and frequencies already equipped in the vehicles, resulting
in no additional costs for equipment to utilize the program. The trained
participants provide alert eyes and ears to law enforcement too significantly
and cost effectively enhance crime prevention and aid persons in need
This training program was developed in cooperation with the Middlesex
County Prosecutors Office and the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police
M.C.O.P. has trained more than 1,700 county and local employees to report
crimes, accidents and suspicious activity and has sparked a statewide
M.C.O.P. has kept the acronym but changed the name to My Community On
Patrol with the statewide effort underway.
New Jersey D.R.I.V.E.
(Driver Response Impaired Vision Exercise)
For more than 10 years the New Jersey State Police provided an impressive
lecture about driving under the influence (DUI) to high schools throughout
In January 2001,
Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos created a unique program
utilizing golf carts and a specially designed course to educate teenager
drivers about the dangers of DUI. Freeholder Polos contacted the New
Jersey State Police to become the law enforcement partner for the program.
On April 9, 2003,
New Jersey State Police Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes formally committed
the State Police as partner with Middlesex County to promote New Jersey
D.R.I.V.E. across the state. The State Police incorporated their successful
DUI lecture program with the hands on golf carts course resulting in
a compelling educational experience.
Since the partnership
was formed, thousands of high school students across the state have
participated in this interactive program including Dover Township High
School. The program was given at the Richard Stockton College Home Coming
event in 2006 and the State Police Cadets Academy in Sea Girt. It has
also been featured at corporation safety fairs, including Johnson &
Johnson and Bristol Meyers Squibb in Union County.
Slow Down in Our Town
Slow Down in our Town is a speed reduction campaign in partnership between
neighborhood residents and local law enforcement, working together to
coordinate placement of lawn signs in a targeted neighborhood. The signs
are moved around the neighborhood periodically because studies show
that signs permanently erected on streets become so commonplace that
motorists often ignore them. In addition, awareness training is provided
to the participating residents and local enforcement.
The Middlesex County
"Design-A-Sign" Contest invited students K-12 to submit designs
for a sign that addressed speeding in residential areas. It afforded
the opportunity for children to take responsibility to encourage others
to be safe within their neighborhoods.
a 15 year old from Monroe Twp. and a student at Middlesex County Vocational
and Technical High School in East Brunswick, submitted the winning entry.
The slogan, "Slow Down in Our Town," was chosen as the name
of this new program. It was submitted by Michelle Levash of North Brunswick