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"Put the Brakes on Fatalities" 10/10/08

From the Governing Body of

 Deptford Township, New Jersey



 October 10, 2008

WHEREAS, In New Jersey, 724 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2007; and

WHEREAS, Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 28 percent of the State’s traffic fatalities, while 25 percent of all fatal crashes involved traveling at unsafe speeds; and

WHEREAS, Motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians face increased risks on New Jersey’s roadways, as people opt for alternative modes of transportation; and

WHEREAS, 78 motorcyclists, 12 bicyclists and 144 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey in traffic-related crashes in 2007; and

WHEREAS, Safer driving behaviors such as buckling up, every ride; obeying posted speed limits; avoiding aggressive driving behaviors and aggressive drivers; never drinking and driving; wearing proper safety gear when riding a motorcycle or bicycle; and focusing solely on driving by avoiding distractions, can dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of Deptford Township proclaim October 10, 2008, Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, and call upon everyone to put these lifesaving behaviors into practice to improve safety on the roadways in our community and throughout the State.