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Overview
Drive As Though Your Life Depended On It!
Motor vehicle crashes claim the lives of more than 550 New Jersey residents each year. Put the Brakes on Fatalities is a national program whose goal is to deliver to the public the major causes of transportation fatalities and their avoidance.
Each year on October 10th, every driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist and bicyclist is encouraged to be exceptionally careful so that for at least one day, there will be no fatalities on New Jersey's roads.
By the Numbers
In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes – with 9,944 lives lost in such crashes. The economic cost of speeding-related crashes in the U.S. is estimated to be $40.4 billion per year. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Speeding)
  Everyone needs to buckle up (all seating positions front and rear), but teens have the highest death rate in motor-vehicle crashes of any age group. While risky behaviors and inexperience contribute to this trend, a major reason for the high teen death rate is their failure to use seat belts. Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16-to-20 year-olds in the U.S., and in 2011, 2,797 16-20 year-olds were killed in passenger-vehicles. 60 percent of those who died weren’t buckled up. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Occupant Protection)
  Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in the United States. Alcohol-involved crashes killed 11,510 people, accounting for 36 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2011. An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Alcohol-Impaired Driving)
  Distracted driving is a behavior dangerous to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike. Distractions including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating and programming/ looking at a GPS injured an estimated 387,000 people in motor vehicle crashes in 2011, while killing 3,331 others. For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes in the U.S., 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones. (Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Distracted Driving)
  In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That equates to 14 percent of all the traffic fatalities. Alarmingly, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in New Jersey in 2011. To add even greater concern, that percentage rose to nearly 28 percent in 2012, almost twice the national average. (Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Pedestrians, NJ Fatality Reporting System)
Tips for a SAFE PASSAGE:
Buckle up, everyone, every ride
Hang Up! Just Drive
Motorists, stop for pedestrians in crosswalks/ Pedestrians, look both ways before crossing
Obey all traffic signs and signals
Move over for emergency vehicles
Share the road with motorcycles
Avoid aggressive drivers and driving aggressively
Keep children safe by using the appropriate safety seat
Drive within posted limits
Maintain a safe following distance
Never drink and drive
Remove ice and snow from your vehicle
Slow down in work zones
Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists
 
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