Monday, October 3, 2022

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day 2022

This year, 528 people have been killed in crashes in New Jersey, including 127 pedestrians and 16 cyclists (source: New Jersey State Police as of October 2, 2022). That's 41 more people than killed during the same period laster year, which was an increase over 2020. 

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 Monday, 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 traveling. 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.