Thursday, Caldwell Police to Conduct Safety Spot Checks During “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • 2:37pm
CALDWELL, NJ - Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno has announced that the police department will be participating in a public safety event on Thursday. Throughout the day, officers will be taking part in “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” which is designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors.
“We are participating in this national initiative to help bring awareness to all our residents about the tragedies that occur on a daily basis,” Bongiorno commented to West Essex TAP. “We want to remind all our motorists to please drive safely and avoid distractions because the last thing we want is a tragedy here in Caldwell that could have been avoided.”
The national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up for every ride, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving and always being safe and sober behind the wheel. For the past two years, New Jersey has remained fatality free on this date thanks to the efforts of law enforcement.
Caldwell’s police force will conduct spot safety checkpoints throughout the borough on Thursday and specifically will be looking for the following behaviors which are known to cause motor vehicle accidents:
incorrect use of seat belts
phone usage while driving
- driving at the incorrect speed limit
Last year in New Jersey, 589 individuals were killed in motor vehicle accidents; that figure is down from 627 in 2011.
“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Caldwell’s Sergeant Michael Pellegrino said. “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.”