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Mangled Car On Display To Urge Safe Driving

December 8, 1987

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A sudden jump in deaths on local roads has led officials to mount a grotesque display: the mangled remains of a sports car in which a 21-year-old man died earlier this year.

The wreck, whose driver’s death was blamed on alcohol, speeding and failure to wear a seat belt, sits on the lawn of the municipal building.

″Not to be grotesque, but to remind people that there’s a potential sadness that could take place if you’re not careful,″ said Mayor Charles Lombardo.

Eight people have died on township roads this year, compared to a total of seven from 1982 to 1986, police said. Morris County as a whole has seen a decrease in fatalities.

Police Chief Steven Dachisen said the department is increasing its efforts to educate people on safe driving. But he said an increase in traffic is partly to blame for the rise in deaths.

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