NJ Press Releases

Be safe heading back to school, says AAA

August 31st, 2016

AAA "School's Open - Drive Carefully" campaign celebrates 70 yearsNext week, kids in our area begin heading back to school. With increased traffic on the roads in the form of school buses, more motorists and child pedestrians, it’s more important than ever to remember safe-driving practices.“Many students walk or bike to school, so AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for child pedestrians during the before- and after-school hours,” says Cathleen Lewis, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations for A...Read More

AAA statement on Gov. Christie executive order to fund ‘absolutely essential’ road work

August 18th, 2016

Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order to restart essential road construction projects, effectively ending New Jersey’s six-week transportation shutdown. This solution is temporary. The AAA Clubs of New Jersey urge all parties to come together quickly to determine a sustainable and long-term funding solution to fix New Jersey’s growing transportation woes. When asked to rank New Jersey’s roadways, motorists ranked local roads the lowest – 31 percent of respondents ranked them “poor...Read More

American Drivers Aren’t Securing Their Loads on the Road

August 11th, 2016

New AAA Foundation study shows that more than 200,000 Crashes Are Caused by Road Debris More than 200,000 crashes involved debris on U.S. roadways during the past four years, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Debris on the road has resulted in approximately 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014. AAA is calling for drivers to properly secure their loads to prevent dangerous debris. AAA researchers examined common characteristics of crashes involving road d...Read More

Despite Vehicle Advances, Breakdowns at Record High

July 20th, 2016

AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers in 2015 Despite advances in vehicle technology, including maintenance reminders and other dashboard alerts designed to mitigate roadside trouble, AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers in 2015, with more battery, flat tire and key problems than ever before, a new study shows. Vehicles fewer than five years old in particular experienced a higher proportion of tire and key-related issues than older vehicles, suggesting that the trend toward eliminating the spare tire ...Read More

Got road rage? AAA Foundation study finds many drivers do

July 14th, 2016

Nearly 80 percent of drivers express significant anger, aggression or road rage Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a new study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.  Drive...Read More

AAA Statement on shut down of transportation projects

July 11th, 2016

For too long, New Jersey motorists’ safety has been jeopardized due to an underfunded Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), that resulted in patch work repairs and a fraction of the work necessary to keep our roadways safe and efficient. Now it seems that our roadways, and potentially our safety, have become a bargaining chip, despite the fact that there is bipartisan consensus to establish a dedicated and sustainable funding source paid for by the users of our roadways. The current shutdown not only increases our mot...Read More

AAA Clubs of New Jersey statement on TTF inaction

June 30th, 2016

Tomorrow the Transportation Trust Fund goes bankrupt. Inaction today will lead to additional costs for motorists tomorrow.Crumbling roads cost drivers more than $600 a year. Without needed investment, more bridges will be closed, creating longer delays and more congestion, as well as placing pressure on an already taxed transportation infrastructure. There was bipartisan agreement to make this critical investment in our roadways and bridges. It's important to come back together to solve this problem and protect New Jers...Read More

AAA Clubs of New Jersey Endorse Transportation Funding Proposal

June 22nd, 2016

The AAA Clubs of New Jersey endorses the TTF funding plan introduced by the Senate and Assembly on Monday. “This legislation offers a responsible plan with a dedicated, sustainable funding stream to pay down our transportation debt and invest in our infrastructure,” said Cathleen Lewis, director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Northeast.  “Leaving our roads in disrepair while we relied on more and more borrowing has costs motorists thousands of dollars in repairs and added maintenance costs over...Read More

AAA’s statement on the release of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ report car

June 16th, 2016

AAA calls for quick action to fund the Transportation Trust Fund Today’s release of the American Society of Civil Engineers report card highlights why an investment in our Transportation Trust Fund is needed now.  “Our infrastructure is crumbling, jeopardizing the safety of our roadways and the well-being of our state’s economy,” Cathleen Lewis, Director of Public and Government Affairs, said. “The plans put forward by the Assembly and Senate represent the types of solutions we need to move us beyond one...Read More