On October 10, New Jersey asked all drivers to participate in Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, according to NJtoday.net.
The purpose of the program is to encourage drivers to obey all traffic laws, which include buckling up, not drinking and driving, not speeding, and avoiding distractions, including texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS), bad driving behaviors are the cause of approximately 85 percent of traffic accidents. Tragically, last year, 583 people died in New Jersey traffic accidents. While some improvements have been made, there is still a lot to do to decrease fatalities further.
According to a 2010 study, the percentage of New Jersey drivers who admitted to texting while driving increased 20 percent between 2009 and 2010. Younger drivers are still the most likely to text while driving, but there has been an increase in texting among drivers between the ages of 30 and 60. About 37 percent of drivers between the ages of 30 and 44 text while driving, and 17 percent of drivers between the ages of 45 and 60 text while driving.
Police departments throughout the state are going to report the number of New Jersey car crashes and fatalities that occurred on October 10, and the information will be posted on the NJDHTS website.
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