A family in New Jersey is looking for answers as to why a sign created to honor their daughter and educate drivers about the dangers of speeding had to be removed.
This sign has stood at the Main Street exit of Route 9 North for over a decade. The billboard read “Speed Kills” and featured 16-year-old Jennifer his Metzger. The teenager died in an accident in May 2009.
“This sign is very important to me. Please help me save this sign,” says Jennifer’s mother, Lisa Metzger.
The Metzger family says it has been on a mission to educate drivers about the dangers of speeding since Jennifer’s death. They did this through a foundation in Jennifer’s name and through autographs.
“This can happen to you. It can happen to your family. It can happen to your family. No one can escape this,” says Lisa.
Lisa says she received a call from the New Jersey Department of Transportation last month saying the sign had to be removed within 30 days.
“He told me he got a call from City Hall. He didn’t name the call stating that this sign was an advertisement and that it was illegal. We asked for permission for this advertisement.” I didn’t have one,” she says.
A construction truck showed up on the off-ramp Thursday morning. However, fearing the sign would be damaged or lost, Metzger came out and removed the sign himself.
“If we can save just one life, that’s all we were going to do with this sign, and that’s the path to education. This sign is just that,” says Lisa.
A NJ DOT spokesperson said the matter is being investigated and will be addressed as more information becomes available.