FAIR LAWN, NJ -- Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2019, 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. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways. 

To support this effort, Fair Lawn Police Department will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to help keep our roadways safe for all, whether you drive, bike or walk in Fair Lawn and throughout New Jersey. 

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In 2018 New Jersey saw 563 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 624 in 2017. Pedestrian fatalities decreased from 183 in 2017 to 175 in 2018. Even though the number decreased, this number represents 30% of all crashes while nationally pedestrian fatalities are at 15%. Statewide law enforcement agencies will be utilizing their variable message boards and conducting educational activities to raise public awareness regarding this issue during the week of October 3rd ending with “Brakes on Fatalities Day on October 10th. 

“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,” Police Chief Glen Cauwels 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,” Cauwels added. 

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