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Police Hope to 'Put The Brakes On Fatalities'

Canford Police are joining a national initiative aimed at keeping the roadways fatality-free for at least one full day.

Motorists in Cranford and throughout New Jersey and the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on Oct. 10, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roadways fatality free for one-day.

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

Last year in New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related
crashes, up from 556 in 2010. Although nationally there is a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities in 2011 in New Jersey fatalities increased over 2010 by 71 deaths.

“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Chief Eric Mason said. “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual
responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” Mason added.

Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by
logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org.

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