Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day 2021

This year 487 people have been killed in crashes in New Jersey, including 141 pedestrians and 16 cyclists.
That’s eight more pedestrians and two more cyclists killed than during the same period last year, which was also an increase over 2019, according to New Jersey State Police.

Even though the number of total vehicle miles travelled has declined during the pandemic, tragically roadway deaths are trending in the wrong direction. Help us put the brakes on fatalities today and work toward New Jersey’s ultimate goal of zero traffic deaths.

We’re joining partners around the country in observing Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day on Sunday, 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. 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.