CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell Police Department released a press statement advertising the national “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day.”

The initiative will take place on Oct. 10 and is designed to raise increased awareness and knowledge of safe driving behaviors. The Caldwell PD will have deploy saturation patrols to enforce good driving behaviors, including adherence to traffic signs, speed limit warnings and distraction free driving. Safety checkpoints will also be present throughout the Borough.

The goal of the initiative is to have one day without a single traffic-related fatality.

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“‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day’ not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engaged drivers in making positive changes behind the wheel every day of the year,” Caldwell PD Sgt. Michael Pellegrino said.

Last year in New Jersey, 542 individuals lost their lives in traffic-related accidents. It was the lowest number of motor vehicle related deaths in the state since the 1940s, according to the Caldwell PD.