Wall Township Police are joining the national Put the Breaks On Fatalities Day in October.
The initiative asks drivers in town, throughout the state and across the nation to join in a day-long effort on Oct. 10 designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roads fatality free for one day, according to a release from the Wall Police Department.
The Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day 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, according to the release.
Although New Jersey has managed to celebrate the last two Put the Brakes on Fatalities days without tragedy, it will take the combined vigilance of all roadway users to accomplish this feat for the third consecutive year, the release says.
Last year in New Jersey, 589 individuals died in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 627 in 2011. The decline continues a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities, highlighted by 2010 which had the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the State since the 1940s, according to the release.
“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,” Wall Police Sgt. Chad Clark 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.”Additional information on the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is available here: www.brakesonfatalities.org