Thursday, September 22, 2016


From the desk of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) introduced a bill (A4165) this week aimed at educating new drivers on the correct ways to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians in an effort to curb injuries and accidents.

“As more and more residents in New Jersey opt to use a bicycle through share programs or just buying one for personal use, specifically in our urban areas, it’s necessary to ensure that our driver education classes, tests, and manuals are updated to reflect the changing landscape of the roads,” Chaparro said.

The bill requires that the curriculum for approved driver education courses and informational brochures from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission include information concerning the importance of safely sharing the road with bicyclists, skaters, and pedestrians. The legislation also hopes to raise awareness to all drivers about sharing the road safely.

“This bill will lead to more educated drivers who will learn the proper ways to pass a cyclist, recognize bike lanes and their importance, and exit vehicles without endangering pedestrians and cyclists, resulting in safer roads in New Jersey for everyone,” Chaparro said.

Under the new bill, the MVC would include bicycle and pedestrian safety questions as part of the written examination required to obtained a permit and basic driver’s license.

The bill is also sponsored by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31), and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31).

U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi honored in Hoboken for national service

Last night in Hoboken, U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi was honored in a ceremony before the start of the meeting with a proclamation from Mayor Dawn Zimmer recognizing his outstanding army service.

Kalsi, a West Point cadet who lived in Hoboken and Stevens graduate is the first Sikh to serve the US military in native religious turban and beard while on active duty in 35 years.

A uniform code of appearance previous required him to shave as a US cadet at West Point. The Army made the exception in 2009.

Capt. Singh holds the bronze star for valor earned in Afghanistan for his work in defusing IEDs.

A comment of note further highlights: 

In its citation for Kalsi's bronze star - the fourth-highest combat award -- the Army recongized Kalsi's "exceptionally meritorious service as an emergency medicine physician" while deployed in Afghanistan."

The Army also listed 20 of Kalsi's major achievements while he was deployed in Afghanistan, noting that he provided emergency care to over 750 soldiers and successfully resuscitated back to life two patients who were clinically dead on arrival from the only Army expeditionary hospital in Afghanistan.