Edison police ask community to ‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities’

EDISON — Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are being asked to join an effort Oct. 10 to keep the state’s roadways free of fatalities for at least one day.

“This campaign will go a long way in helping our efforts to reduce motor vehicle fatalities that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Edison police Chief Thomas Bryan said. “Bringing attention to this one day can help create support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the calendar year.”

Known as Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, the national initiative was established 12 years ago to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up during every ride, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving, and being safe and sober behind the wheel.

To support this effort, the Edison Police Department is urging motorists to slow down, be extra careful and avoid distractions that typically lead to motor vehicle accidents.

Last year in New Jersey, 589 people lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes — down from 627 in 2011. The downward trend was highlighted in 2010, which had the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the state since the 1940s.

Additional information on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is available by visiting www.brakesonfatalities.org.