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Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Statewide Initiative Challenges Motorists to Buckle-Up, Slow Down and New Jersey Roads Fatality-Free

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” was established in 2001 to focus attention on reducing the traffic fatalities that occur each year in the United States.Morris Park Police Call Attention to “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day'' on Sunday (Oct. 10)

Nationally, there were 35,092 road deaths in 2015, while New Jersey lost 603 individuals on our roadways in 2016.

As part of a continuing effort to move toward zero fatalities, motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists are asked to take extra care this Sunday, Oct. 10 to prevent traffic crashes and make this a fatality-free day across New Jersey.

To reinforce this lifesaving message and further support the initiative, officers of the Morris County Park Police Department will have a zero-tolerance policy on this day when enforcing unsafe, distracted, or impaired driving.

“What makes those statistics even more tragic is that fact that many of these crashes that led to fatalities could have been prevented,” said Morris County Park Police Chief Gabe DiPietro.

The first annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day was held on Oct. 10, 2001. Its goal is to deliver messages to the public about the major causes of transportation fatalities – chiefly highway fatalities – and their avoidance, in an upbeat fashion. To achieve this goal organizations continue to be encouraged to have annual programs and be held individually or commemorated with state and local events across the country.

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