The following is on file with the Evesham Township Police Department:
Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on 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. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.
To support this effort, the Evesham Police Department will increase traffic enforcement efforts on Oct 10. Across the nation, traffic crashes caused 36,750 fatalities in 2018 and are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34. In New Jersey, 563 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2018. Pedestrian-related crashes accounted for 31 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities. 53 motorcyclists and 165 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey in traffic-related crashes in 2018.
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.
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.
Additional information on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org