The Morris County Park Police Department will recognize the annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” Day on Oct. 10.
The event is a statewide initiative that challenges motorists to slow down and obey all traffic laws to keep New Jersey roads fatality free.
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” was established in 2001 to focus attention on reducing the traffic fatalities that occur each year in the United States. Nationally, there were 35,092 roadway deaths in 2015, while New Jersey lost 603 individuals on the State’s roadways in 2016. As part of a continuing effort in “moving toward zero fatalities,” motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are asked to take extra care on Oct. 10 to prevent traffic crashes and make this a fatality-free day across New Jersey.
To reinforce this lifesaving message and further support the initiative, officers of the Morris County Park Police Department will have a zero-tolerance policy on this day when enforcing unsafe, distracted or impaired driving.
“What makes those statistics even more tragic is that fact that many of these crashes that led to fatalities could have been prevented,” said Chief Gabe DiPietro of the Morris County Park Police Department.