Safety and Awareness

NJM's Teen Driver Safety Program

NJM launched its Teen Driver Safety Program in 2013, in honor of its 100th anniversary. This award-winning presentation was developed to help teens stay safe behind the wheel and is presented by two retired police officers with more than 50 years collective traffic safety experience.

The presentations, offered at no cost to New Jersey high schools, include information on distracted, impaired and fatigued driving and New Jersey's Graduated Driver License laws. Now in its fourth year, the program has been presented at nearly 210 unique high schools across New Jersey to more than 100,000 students.

National Safety Council Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award — 2016 Recipient

National Safety Council Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award

In October 2016, NJM received the National Safety Council's (NSC) Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award in recognition of our efforts to make New Jersey roadways safer for all drivers, especially teens.

Each year, NSC, along with the General Motors Foundation, presents the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award to individuals or organizations that have made a positive contribution towards enhancing teen driving safety by:

  • Educating teens and their communities about safe driving habits
  • Using proven, evaluated methods to change behaviors to reduce teen crashes

In addition to our Teen Driver Safety Program, NJM is a founding sponsor of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s annual U GOT BRAINS? Champion Schools Awards Program, which challenges New Jersey high schools to produce the most creative community‚Äźbased driving safety programs. In addition to sponsoring the event, NJM has annually provided awards to all of the winning schools.

Meet the NJM Safety Officers

Carsten Boethig, a retired State Police Lieutenant.

Carsten Boethig, a former NJ State Police lieutenant, became NJM’s first Teen Driver Safety Officer in 2013 after 25 years on the force.

Carsten Boethig, a retired State Police Lieutenant, has represented NJM as the Company's first Teen Driver Safety Officer. As part of his 25 years on the force, Boethig spent 12 years as a road duty officer, investigating and assisting with many serious and fatal crashes. His most recent position before retirement was as the unit head of the School and Traffic Safety Unit, which included responsibilities for enforcement and education of teen driver safety for the State Police, as well as supervising 18 Troopers who were assigned as school resource officers.

Pat McCormick previously served as a West Windsor Township Police Officer.

Following 25 years as a West Windsor Township police officer, Pat McCormick joined NJM as a Teen Driver Safety Officer in 2014.

Pat McCormick joined NJM in 2014. He previously served as a West Windsor Township Police Officer for 25 years. He spent 11 years in the Patrol Division and has investigated and supervised numerous serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. The last six years of his career, Pat served as a Patrol Lieutenant and supervised the Patrol Division as well as the Traffic Bureau.