(Camden CITY, NJ) – Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on Tuesday, Oct. 10, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roadways fatality free.
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, 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.
To support this effort, Camden County Police Department officers will work to ensure that motorists throughout the city drive safely and obey all traffic regulations.
Last year in New Jersey, 603 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 562 in 2015. Distracted driving fatalities have increased at an alarming rate over the last four years. In 2013 there were 58 fatalities on the state’s roadways in which distracted driving was a major contributing factor. That number jumped to 115 fatalities in 2016. To help battle this growing problem, the state’s #77 alert system is now used to report all forms of dangerous driving, from those operating a vehicle while looking at a cell phone to those driving while impaired.
Additional information on the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is available at: www.asce.org/brakesonfatalities.