LINDEN — Motorists across New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a daylong effort on Monday, Oct. 10, 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.
In support of this effort, the Linden Police Department will be attempting to raise motorist awareness through strict enforcement, increased patrols, and education.
Last year in New Jersey, 556 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 583 in 2009. The decline continues a four-year downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities and marks the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the state since the 1940s.
“Every motorist has a responsibility to themselves and others when they drive,” said Traffic Commander Sergeant Michael Babulski. “Driving is a privilege, and if we can get motorists to understand and support a one-day initiative like ‘Put the Brakes On Fatalities Day’ by driving safer and being more aware, then hopefully they can drive safer every day.”
“Programs like Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, along with ‘Click-it or Ticket’ and ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ help create and raise awareness to motorist behaviors that put lives at risk. If we can even go one whole day as a nation without a motor vehicle related fatality, then we have accomplished something and are moving in the right direction,” added Babulski.
Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” at www.brakesonfatalities.org.
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