Community Services

Otto the Auto

Otto the Auto is a friendly talking car that educates children throughout the North Jersey area about pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety. Otto the Auto is presented in cooperation with local schools and police departments by the North Jersey Foundation for Safety, at no cost to participating schools.

Would you like to schedule Otto the Auto to visit your K-3 class? Here's what you need to know:

  • Reservations should be made at least on month in advance
  • The program takes approximately 45 minutes.
  • Program can begin at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
  • Parking must be provided for convenient loading and unloading of Otto and equipment.
  • Custodian or other adult is required to assist in loading and unloading.
  • A gymnasium or all-purpose room is suggested so that the children can sit on the floor and in a circle. Please do not set up seats. We can accommodate up to 150 students, depending on the size of the room and the TV screen.
  • DVD or VHS video cassette recorder equipment and a TV is required.
  • There is no fee for the program. The AAA North Jersey Foundation for Safety funds the program.
  • We will notify your local police department to have a police officer present for the integral portion of the program.
  • We will require a teacher to read the "Otto" portion of the script.

For any further questions or to schedule a visit, please call Ryan Gable, Public & Government Services Assistant at (973) 956-2200, extension 2361 or email