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Is there a special day recognizing New Jersey road dangers?

Did you know that there is actually a day in October that focuses on bringing attention to the dangers of driving on New Jersey roadways? Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day happens in October each year, and it was on Oct. 10 in 2014. This day is a strong reminder to the local community about the dangers of driving and how to stay safe on the roads, although the information provided is good to remember all year long.

Motor vehicle accidents claim over 550 lives of those living in New Jersey each year. This national program aims to draw attention to the facts about these accidents and what you can do to prevent accidents on the roads, whether you're a pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist or other kind of driver. On the day of the event, those in New Jersey are asked to be particularly careful, but if everyone was this careful every day, then there could be fewer accidents over the course of a year.

Did you know that in 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes in the United States? Because of those crashes, 10,219 people lost their lives. Victims are often between the ages of 21 and 24, when the lack of seat belt use is a cause of injury and death. Of course, drunk driving continues to be an issue in the United States. Alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of 10,322 people and accounted for 31 percent of fatalities in 2012.

Distracted driving is something anyone can address. Putting down your cellphone or drink while you're driving can help you focus on the road. Distracted driving killed an estimated 3,328 people in the United States in 2012 alone.

Source: The State of New Jersey, "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day!" Nov. 27, 2014

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