From 2007-2010, Pam Fischer served as Governor’s Representative and Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, where she led a team of 22 professionals dedicated to preventing motor vehicle crashes and saving lives. Under her leadership, the Division branded the state’s safety messages to more effectively engage its partners, the media and the public, and developed and implemented new and innovative education and enforcement programs addressing distracted, impaired and aggressive driving; pedestrian, bicycle and teen driver safety; and occupant protection.
During her tenure at the Division, Pam partnered with Governor Jon Corzine, following his near fatal car crash in 2007, to promote the lifesaving value of seat belts and pass a record number of traffic safety reforms including ignition interlocks for first offenders with high BAC levels; a primary hand-held cell phone/texting ban; back seat belt use by adults; ice and snow removal from all motor vehicles; stop for pedestrians in crosswalks; and a red light camera pilot program.
Pam chaired the New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission which prompted the passage of legislative initiatives that are credited with driving down teen crashes and fatalities to record lows. The Commission’s work was recognized with three national awards and is held up as a model for other states.
From 1998-2006, Pam was a member of the leadership team for the AAA New Jersey Automobile. As Vice President of Public Affairs, she directed the Club’s government, community, media, and constituent relations functions, as well as its safety and education foundation, and served as the principal spokesperson for AAA statewide and on national advocacy issues addressing safety, mobility, travel, insurance, and financial services. Pam worked to gain passage of the nation’s first 8/80 booster seat law and chaired AAA’s award-winning national child passenger safety education initiative, Seated, Safe & Secure. She also successfully lobbied for the passage of proven traffic safety laws including Graduated Driver Licensing, primary seat belt use, seat belts on schools buses, and bicycle helmets for children and teens.
Pam is frequently called upon to speak about teen driving, pedestrian safety and distracted and drowsy driving at state, regional and national conferences, and regularly quoted in New Jersey and national press. She is a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania and currently lives in scenic Allamuchy Township in northwestern New Jersey.
B.A. English, Magna Cum Laude, Lebanon Valley College, 1981
Certification, National Child Passenger Safety Technician, Safe Kids, 2001
Certificate in Advanced Management, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 2005
M.L.P.A., Leadership & Public Administration, Centenary College, 2011