SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
2006 Trooper Christopher Scales Memorial Award Recipient:
Lieutenant Paul Vereb
The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is proud to present the Trooper Christopher Scale Memorial Award to Lt. Paul Vereb of the Long Beach Township Police. Lt. Vereb has been in law enforcement for 23 years—most of those years spent in traffic safety and community policing. Having a brother with a brain injury who has required years of rehabilitation, Lt. Vereb possesses a passion for brain injury prevention that is driven by personal experience.
Last year, in response to the expanded helmet law, Lt. Vereb initiated contact with Best Buy electronic stores and developed the “Best Buy Bucks” positive ticketing initiative. Through this program, police officers reward adolescents with Best Buy gift certificates for being “caught” wearing their helmets. The program is currently being piloted in Ocean and Monmouth counties. In addition to “Best Buy Bucks”, Lt. Vereb has coordinated “Bike and Skate” helmet programs and give-away events. He designed programs for schools and summer camps in which children and young adults created traffic signs and posters demonstrating safety messages. Countless individuals have benefited from his outreach, commitment, enthusiasm, passion and energy towards injury prevention.