The Sheriff’s office is promoting the day-long effort to increase awareness for motorists in New Jersey in an effort to make our streets safer.
Hudson County, NJ — Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are being asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2019, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day. To support this effort, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office will participate in “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day by adding extra patrols specifically conducting traffic enforcement.
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. The goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.
In 2018 New Jersey saw 563 individuals lose their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 624 in 2017. Pedestrian fatalities decreased from 183 in 2017 to 175 in 2018. Even though the number decreased, this number represents 30.0% of all crashes while nationally pedestrian fatalities are at 15%. Statewide law enforcement agencies will be utilizing their variable message boards and conducting educational activities to raise public awareness regarding this issue during the week of October 3rd ending with “Brakes on Fatalities Day on October 10th.
“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,” Sheriff Frank Schillari 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.”
“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,” Sheriff Schillari added.
Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org.