WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Police Department will be doing its part to reduce the number of auto accident casualties during “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” on Oct. 10. Last year, 542 auto accident victims in New Jersey lost their lives.

The national event is designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and stop fatalities across the country on Oct. 10.

“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,” said West Orange Police Chief James Abbott.

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“Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a ground swell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”

As New Jersey continues its downward trend in motor vehicle-related crashes, the West Orange Police Department will enforce traffic laws around the township on Oct. 10 including seat-belt safety; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel.

 “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,” Chief James Abbott added.

For more information, go to: www.brakesonfatalities.org.