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Murphy, Conaway and Benson Bill to Increase Pedestrian Safety on Route 130 Now Law

Governor Signs ‘Antwan’s Law’ Honoring Former Burlington City Student

(TRENTON) – In response to Governor Phil Murphy signing a bill (A-3576) into law to reduce the speed limit on a busy stretch of Route 130 in Burlington City primarily to protect children walking to school each day, Assembly Democratic sponsors Carol Murphy, Herb Conaway and Daniel Benson released the following statement:

“Dozens of students at Burlington City High School have waited in fierce anticipation of the day ‘Antwan’s Law’ would become law in New Jersey. I’m so happy that day has finally arrived,” said Murphy (D-Burlington). “Since one of their own classmates, Antwan Timbers, Jr., was struck and killed while crossing Route 130 near their school, the students and local families have come together to champion this legislation and make a difference in their community. Their efforts will result in Route 130 becoming a safer roadway for pedestrians and motorists alike.”

“Those who live and work near Route 130 know how dangerously fast many cars drive on the highway, particularly near Burlington City High School and Wilbur Watts Intermediate School,” said Conaway (D-Burlington). “By reducing the speed limit from 40 mph to 25 mph near both schools, we will ensure drivers slow down whether or not school is in session, while at the same time honor Antwan’s memory.”

“Despite its reputation as one of New Jersey’s most dangerous highways, many pedestrians cross Route 130 each day to get to multiple retail businesses located in Burlington City,” said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex). “Some pedestrians are children walking to and from school. A lower speed limit will remind drivers to slow down and watch for schoolchildren and other pedestrians going about their daily routines. I thank the Governor for his support in our efforts to make Route 130 safer.”