The Wall Township Police will be participating in a nationwide effort to curb dangerous driving habits in a one-day awareness raising campaign in October.
"Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day,'' a national effort of police agencies, is scheduled to take place October 10. It is 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, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving and always being safe and sober behind the wheel, Sgt. Chad Clark said in a release.
Last year in New Jersey, 583 individuals died in motor vehicle-related crashes, a figur that was down from 590 in 2008. The decline continues a three-year downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities and marks the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the State since the 1940s, Clark said.
“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,” 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.”
Police departments throughout New Jersey will be asked to report crash information, including the total number of crashes, injury crashes and fatalities that occur on October 10, to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
Approximately 72 percent of the 498 police agencies in the state, as well as the State Police, reported their crash data to the Division following the 2009 effort. A total of 789 crashes took place in New Jersey on that day, resulting in 165 injuries and two fatalities.
“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,” Clark said.
For more information, see the website at: www.brakesonfatalities.org.