Edison, NJ - The Edison Police Department reminded residents to stay safe yesterday as it supported the "Put the brakes on Fatalities" Program.  Put the Brakes on Fatalities is a national program that was established in 2001 to raise awareness of the major causes of transportation fatalities and reduce the number of traffic fatalities that occur each year in the United States. Every year on October 10, residents are advised to be extra cautious with the aim being zero fatalities on the road.

The American Society of Civil Engineers explained “the purpose is to heighten consciousness about what people can do - and what official steps they should take - to reduce transportation fatalities and accidents on American highways, roads and streets by calling attention to reducing fatalities on one specific day, and also with other traffic safety events held during the year. To achieve this goal, organizations continue to be encouraged to have annual programs to be held individually or commemorated with state and local events across the country. “

The State of New Jersey Department of Law and Safety provided salient tips for safe passage:

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  • Buckle up, everyone, every ride

  • Put it Down! Just Drive

  • Motorists, stop for pedestrians in crosswalks/Pedestrians, look both ways before crossing

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals

  • Move over for emergency vehicles

  • Share the road with motorcycles

  • Avoid aggressive drivers and driving aggressively

  • Keep children safe by using the appropriate safety seat

  • Drive within posted limits

  • Maintain a safe following distance

  • Never drink and drive

  • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle

  • Slow down in work zones

  • Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists