MORRISTOWN, NJ - In addition to the Morris Township and Morris Plains Police Departments, the  Division of Highway Traffic Safety is encouraging drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists in New Jersey to join in the national safety campaign. The "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day", commemorated each year on October 10, calls attention to reducing fatalities on one specific day in order to heighten consciousness about what people can do to reduce transportation fatalities and accidents on American highways, roads, and streets, said the Attorney General's Office in a press release.

Last year, New Jersey achieved the goal of recording no fatal crashes on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, they said.

“New Jersey roadways are among the safest in the nation for vehicular travel in no small part because of initiatives like Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day that raise public awareness of traffic safety and promote ways to improve it,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “New Jersey is known for its ability to rally around important causes and we’ll be looking for that spirit of cooperation as we take part in this national safety campaign next week. If everyone traveling our roadways takes extra care to buckle up, observe speed limits, and pay attention while driving, biking, or walking on October 10, we will be well on our way to reaching our goal of keeping New Jersey roads fatality free.”

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According to the Attorney General's Office, the focus of this year's Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day in New Jersey is on promoting pedestrian safety to reduce the number of pedestrian-involved crashes and save lives. To address this issue, the Division has provided nearly $1 million in pedestrian safety grants to law enforcement agencies statewide since the beginning of the 2019 fiscal year, they said.

“In a state as densely populated and highly traveled as New Jersey, keeping pedestrians safe on our roadways is paramount. The Division works with public and private partners year round to promote pedestrian safety and reduce the risk of pedestrian-involved motor vehicle crashes,” said Eric Heitmann, Director of the Division Highway Traffic Safety. “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is an excellent opportunity to advance those efforts by reminding everyone that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility and that motorists and pedestrians must be mindful one another to prevent crashes.”

To promote pedestrian safety:

Motorists:

  • Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks.
  • Watch for pedestrians when turning right on red.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Keep your windshield clean for maximum visibility.
  • Be alert for pedestrians at all times.
  • Never pass a school bus when it is loading or unloading students.

Pedestrians:

  • If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
  • When possible, cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Never cross from in-between parked cars.
  • Obey traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk.”
  • Never assume a driver sees you. To ensure they do, make eye contact with drivers as they approach.
  • Remain alert! Don’t assume that cars are going to stop.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear light-colored clothes, reflective materials, or use a flashlight at night.
  • Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck by a vehicle.

 

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