Wyckoff’s Police Department and township officials have embraced a national initiative that they say could hopefully save lives.
Thanks to a resolution adopted at the Wyckoff Township Committee’s last meeting, this Thursday, October 10, will officially be known as “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” in Wyckoff.
According to information provided by the township, PTBOF Day aims to spread awareness about safe driving, and to have one fataily-free day on the state’s roadways.
During Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, drivers will be reminded to follow all traffic laws – like buckling up, driving the speed limit, avoiding distracted driving, and always being sober behind the wheel.
During the last two PTBOF days in 2011 and 2012, there were "no roadway tragedies" in the state, a release from the township said.
The initiative highlights a downward trend in car accident deaths. According to a release from the township, New Jersey saw 589 car accident deaths last year, down from 627 in 2011.
“Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year,” Police Chief Benjamin Fox said in the release.
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engaged drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year.”