Drive As Though Your Life Depended On It!
Put the Brakes on Fatalities is a national program whose goal is to deliver to the public the major causes of transportation fatalities and their avoidance.
Each year on October 10th, every driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist and bicyclist is encouraged to be exceptionally careful so that for at least one day, there will be no fatalities on New Jersey's roads.
In 2016, 603 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle related crashes on New Jersey roadways. Of particular concern were the 166 pedestrian fatalities, which represents over 27% of all motor vehicle fatalities. When compared to the national average of 15%, New Jersey is clearly overrepresented and must continue to take action. Each year during the seven days ending on October 10th, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety partners with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement agencies statewide to help raise awareness throughout New Jersey. Additionally, all of the state’s roadway users are asked to do their share (slow down, avoid distractions, stop for pedestrians, use crosswalks and obey crossing signals).
By the Numbers
In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes – with 9,557 lives lost in such crashes. The economic cost of speeding-related crashes in the U.S. is estimated to be $52 billion per year. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Speeding)
Among passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, the age groups 13 to 15 and 21 to 44 had the highest percentage of occupants killed that were unbuckled. Of the 8,649 casualties where seat belt use was known, 5,029 (58 percent) were unrestrained. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Occupant Protection)
Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in the United States. Alcohol-involved crashes killed 10,265 people, accounting for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2015. An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving)
Distracted driving is a behavior dangerous to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike. Distractions including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating and programming/ looking at a GPS injured an estimated 391,000 people in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, while killing 3,477 others. For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes in the U.S., nine percent of the distracted drivers were distracted at the time of their fatal crash. (Traffic Safety Facts - Research Note: Distracted Driving 2015)
The Florence Township Police Department encourages safe passage on all roadways! On this day 10/10/2017 "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" officers will be stopping juvenile bicyclists without helmets and giving them a free one. Please walk, drive and ride safely.