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Police Promote “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

Posted: October 3, 2012

Motorists in the garden state and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2012, 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. This includes buckling up every time, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving and always being safe and sober behind the wheel.

To support this effort, the Randolph Township Police Department will be vigilant in enforcing speeding violations, as well as other unsafe driving behaviors.

Last year in New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 556 in 2010. Although nationally there is a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities in 2011, in New Jersey, fatalities increased over 2010 by 71 deaths.

“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,” Randolph’s Sgt. LeMarble 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 at the website of the national organization that developed the initiative.