CLARK — Last week, students at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark received a memorable lesson about safe driving.
Donna Setaro, mother of New Jersey State Trooper Marc Castellano who was struck by a care and killed while responding to a roadside emergency in 2010, told her story to the students in grades 10-12 on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Setaro has been an advocate for New Jersey’s “Move Over” Law, which took effect in 2009 and requires motorists who are approaching emergency vehicles, tow trucks or other highway safety vehicles with flashing lights to slow down and move over. If it’s not safe to move over, drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit.
The students were so moved by the presentation that some had tears in their eyes, according to health and physical education teacher Andrea Ascolese. Others were speechless and a few approached Setaro to ask questions, offer their condolences and thank her for sharing her story.
“The presentation was infinitely valuable for our students,” said teacher Patty Adamowitz. “It not only educated them about the Move Over Law, but it also reminded students of how the choices they make can have such a tragic impact on so many people. I think students have a better understanding of the Move Over Law and will be talking about it for quite some time.”
Submitted by: Andrea Ascolese
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