Oct. 10th is “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” Day

Posted on October 6, 2014

Did you know that across the U.S., traffic crashes caused approximately 34,000 fatalities in 2013 and that in New Jersey, 542 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2013? Nationally, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34.  Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 22.5 percent of the State’s traffic fatalities while 26 percent of all fatal crashes involved traveling at unsafe speeds. Motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians face increased risks on New Jersey’s roadways, as people opt for alternative modes of transportation.

Safer driving behaviors can dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths.  On October 2nd the Montgomery Township Committee proclaimed October 10, 2014 as “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” and call upon everyone to put lifesaving behaviors into practice to improve safety on the roadways in our community and throughout the State.  These safer driving habits include buckling up every ride; obeying posted speed limits; stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks and using crosswalks when walking; avoiding aggressive driving behaviors; never driving impaired; wearing proper safety gear while riding a motorcycle or bicycle; and focusing solely on driving by avoiding distractions.

Source:  Montgomery Twp. Committee

Date: Oct. 6, 2014