BARNEGAT, NJ – In an ideal world, there would be no need to create a day reminding drivers to use their brakes to avoid fatalities. However, as Mayor Al Cirulli proclaimed October 10, 2019, as “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day,” reality set in.

“Across the nation, traffic crashes caused about 36,752 casualties in 2018,” Cirulli read. “They are the leading cause of death for people ages 15-34.”

According to Cirulli, 518 of the motor vehicle fatalities happened right here in New Jersey during that same year. Additionally, 31% of the deaths involved pedestrian accidents. Motorcyclists and pedestrians appear to be the most at risk.

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The proclamation calls upon everyone to buckle up and obey posted speed limits. Motorists are reminded to avoid both aggressive driving and impaired driving.

The Township Committee wants to ensure drivers stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Of course, those on feet are also encouraged to use crosswalks.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor John Novak had some good news about car accident rates in Barnegat. “I’m pleased to report that motor vehicle collisions in July of August of 2019 as compared to the previous year have declined,” said Novak. “We’re down 23%.”

Novak pointed out that the decrease didn’t suggest less people were driving around in Barnegat. Instead, he said, “As liaison to our police department, I attribute it to our staffing and enforcement of targeted safety on our roads.”

Barnegat resident Dave Voorhees suggested that the police get even more proactive on “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day.” Stating that he had over 25 years of law enforcement experience himself, he suggested, “There should be more marked patrol vehicles around.  If people see a police car, they’re going to slow down.”

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.