Wednesday, October 7, 2020

20th Anniversary of Put the Brakes on Fatalities

This year, more than 400 people have been killed in fatal crashes on New Jersey roads. You can help us put the brakes on fatalities.

While we saw a drop in the number of vehicles on the road earlier this year due to the pandemic, tragically roadway deaths are keeping pace with last year. Although there has been a decrease in driver deaths, the number of cyclists killed has nearly doubled, according to the the New Jersey State Police.

We’re joining partners around the country in observing Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Saturday, October 10. The goal is to raise awareness and have one day without roadway deaths.

We observe Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day in October, because of the increased number of crashes that occur this month. This year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also declared October to be National Pedestrian Safety Month.

Help us achieve zero fatalities today by being safe when travelling. Distraction is a leading cause of crashes in New Jersey. When you’re driving your focus should be on the road and nothing else.  Drivers should stop for people crossing and always look before turning at an intersection. And slow down for safety, it will save a life.

People walking and biking can play a role too. Use crosswalks or cross at intersections, where you’re more visible. And remember to bike with the flow of traffic and signal when turning.