For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day - October 10, 2012
Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2012, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State's roadways fatality free for one day.
Known as "Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day," the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel.
Last year in New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 556 in 2010. Although nationally there is a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities in 2011 in New Jersey fatalities increased over 2010 by 71 deaths.
“This initiative is something we hope will help New Jersey in our determination to decrease the number of tragedies that occur every day on our roadways,” Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles said. “By drawing attention to this one day, we can help create a wave of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day raises awareness about the responsible decisions drivers must make behind the wheel, such as buckling up, slowing down, and avoiding distractions. It also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” Sheriff Balles added.
Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org
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