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About Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

  • The first annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day® was held on October 10, 2001. Its goal was (and remains today) to deliver messages to the public about the major causes of transportation fatalities - chiefly highway fatalities - and their avoidance, in an upbeat fashion. The purpose is to heighten consciousness about what people can do - and what official steps they should take - to reduce transportation fatalities and accidents on American highways, roads and streets by calling attention to reducing fatalities on one specific day, and also with other traffic safety events held during the year. To achieve this goal, organizations continue to be encouraged to have annual programs to be held individually or commemorated with state and local events across the country. 

    In fall of 2006, the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) became the overseer of this program. National, state, and local organizations (both public and private) that have an interest in the program and reducing fatalities on the nation’s highways are encouraged to contact T&DI to participate in the program.

    For further information on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day®, please contact us at tanddi@asce.org

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