Every time we get behind the wheel, we’re expected to drive safely. Each year on October 10tha nationwide campaign called Put the Brakes on Fatalities focuses attention on the causes of transportation fatalities and how to avoid them. Drivers are asked to be exceptionally careful so for at least one day, there will be no fatalities on our roads.
"Safe driving applies to everyone on the road, every day," comments John F. Ciaffone, President of TransOptions, northwest New Jersey’s Transportation Management Association. "Motorists are sharing the road with motorcyclists and cyclists as well as each other. Whether you’re riding on four wheels or two, all drivers need to stay alert, be aware of each other and avoid distractions while driving to help reduce fatalities," he adds.
Driving safely can save lives. Data from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety shows that fatalities during the first half of 2012 have dropped about 10 per cent, from 291 to 262 compared to last year’s fatalities.
All drivers are urged to follow safe driving tips from New Jersey Safe Roads to stop highway crashes and help reduce fatalities:
- Buckle up, everyone, every ride.
- Hang Up! Just Drive.
- Motorists are reminded that using a hand held cell phone and texting while driving are major causes of distracted driving; both are against the law in New Jersey.
- Stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Move over for emergency vehicles
- Share the road with motorcycles
- Avoid aggressive drivers and aggressive driving
- Keep children safe by using the appropriate safety seat
- Drive within posted limits
- Maintain a safe following distance
- Never drink and drive
- Slow down in work zones
- Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists
Learn more about safe driving at www.brakesonfatalities.org and www.njsaferoads.com. Visit TransOptions.org, call 973-267-7600 or email info@TransOptions.org to subscribe to our free, online newsletters with driving, safety and alternative transportation information.