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. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.
To support this effort, the Holmdel Township Police Department is conducting enforcement to educate the public to the growing concerns of pedestrian safety and overall safe driving behaviors.
Last year in New Jersey, 556 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 542 in 2013. Pedestrian fatalities increased from 129 in 2013 to 170 in 2014. Our average pedestrian fatalities run from 139 in 2010 to 170 in 2014. The 2014 numbers represent 31% of all crashes while nationally pedestrian fatalities are at 14%. Statewide law enforcement agencies will be utilizing their variable message boards and conducting educational activities to raise public awareness regarding this issue during the week of October 4th ending with “Brakes on Fatalities Day" on October 10th.
“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Chief Mioduszewski, said. “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” Sgt. Philhower, Supervisor of the Holmdel Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, added.
Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org