Young adults have never been afraid to fight for change. When they identify an issue, they’ll work as hard as possible to correct it. When one of their friends or family members suffers, they will rally for them. And when tragedy strikes, they raise their voice so that a similar disaster never happens again. For example, Burlington City High School students are on a mission to make Route 130 safer.
Principal James Flynn of Burlington City High School sat down with Steve Adubato, PhD., for an episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato. He discussed the dangerous route students walk to get to school. The two were also joined by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jessica Lamont; a student and the battalion commander of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) at Burlington City High School.
Burlington City Students Campaign to Make Route 130 Safer
U.S. Route 130 in Burlington City is one of the deadliest roads in the state for pedestrians. The highway runs directly in front of Burlington City High School and Wilbur Watts Intermediate School; the latter hosts grades three through six. After losing a fellow classmate and friend on Route 130, Lamont and Burlington City High School students came together. As a result, the “25 Saves Lives” campaign was born.
“We’re a walking school district,” said Flynn. “So our students, every day, walk to and from school, and they have to go over and cross six lanes of this deadliest road in New Jersey.”
Nearly two years ago, the worst case scenario happened for Burlington City High School. On May 22, 2016, Student and JROTC cadet Antwan Timbers was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 130. He was walking on the sidewalk on the southbound side of the highway; a car drove off the road and hit him. From then on, the school district and students have made student-pedestrian safety a priority.
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