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Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Past Events

  • Each year, states across America choose different ways to get involved with Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day. Need ideas for your state? See some examples of past events and resolutions in the announcements below.

  • 2015 Events


    Put the Brakes on Fatalities 2015 News Conference

    Kalamazoo County Put the Brakes on Fatalities Podcast

    Kansas Youth Empowerment Conference
    Youth and adults will also help celebrate Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, a national movement encouraging drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution on the road every day and help put the brakes on traffic fatalities. Participants will learn important tips from traffic safety experts and take part in demonstrations and activities illustrating the impact of safe driving, riding, biking and walking behaviors.

    Kansas 2015 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Poster Contest Winners


    Goal: Zero fatalities on NJ roads Saturday
    On Saturday, Oct. 10, New Jersey motorists are being urged to do their part to keep the roadways fatality-free as part of an annual national campaign.

    Belleville joins anti-fatalities effort

    Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on Oct. 10, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roadways fatality free for one-day.


    Metroplan Orlando
    A Regional Transportation Partnership

    RESOLUTION NO. 15-12

    SUBJECT: Declaring October 10, 2015 as “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day®” in the Orlando Metropolitan Area

    WHEREAS, October 10, 2015, is the Fifteenth Annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day® and

    WHEREAS, traffic crashes across America caused 32,479 fatalities in 2011; 33,782 fatalities in 2012; 37,719 people in 2013; and killed 32,675 in 2014; and

    WHEREAS, traffic crashes throughout Florida caused 2,673 fatalities in 2011; 2,661 fatalities in 2012; 2,810 fatalities in 2013; and killed 2,768 people in 2014; and through July 21, 2015 we have lost 1,427 lives due to traffic crashes; and

    WHEREAS, traffic crashes here in the MetroPlan Orlando planning area caused 245 deaths in 2011; 224 in 2012; 260 in 2013; 257 in 2014; and through July 21, 2015 we have lost 105 lives due to traffic crashes; and

    WHEREAS, MetroPlan Orlando recognizes the importance of integrating Safety Conscious Planning into the metropolitan transportation planning process; and

    WHEREAS, a solvable distraction is unrestrained/unsafely restrained children; and

    WHEREAS, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding and death are more likely in auto accidents involving young children if parents do not use a booster seat; and

    WHEREAS, a young child is four times as likely to experience an injury to the head and neck and three times as likely to experience an abdominal injury when restrained with a seat belt vs. a booster seat; and

    WHEREAS, a booster seat gives the child a much greater chance of surviving a crash injury-free; and

    WHEREAS, Florida's children deserve to be protected; and

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the MetroPlan Orlando Board that October 10, 2015 is designated as “PUT THE BRAKES ON FATALITIES DAY®”

    Passed and duly adopted at a regular meeting of the MetroPlan Orlando Board on the 9th day of September, 2015.

    2014 Events


    This Friday, Oct. 10, has been designated as "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" by the Township of Belleville, per a resolution ratified by Mayor Ray Kimble and the rest of the Belleville Township Council at its Sept. 23 meeting. 

    Traffic crashes, the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34, resulted in nearly 34,000 fatalities in 2012. Last year, 542 individuals died in traffic crashes in New Jersey alone.

    Alcohol has been a factor in 22.5 percent of New Jersey’s traffic fatalities, while 26 percent of all fatal crashes involved motorists who were traveling at unsafe speeds. Last year, 57 motorcyclists, 14 bicyclists, and 132 pedestrians died in traffic-related crashes in the Garden State.

    Safer driving behaviors such as buckling seatbelts and obeying posted speed limits are encouraged, along with stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, something that is mandated by state law. Motorists are also urged to avoid aggressive driving behaviors, to refrain from driving impaired, to wear property safety attire when riding a motorcycle or bicycle, and to focus on driving by avoiding distractions to help dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related casualties and fatalities.


    All Kansas kids ages 5 to 13 are encouraged to enter artwork in the 13th annual poster contest for Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day — a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce traffic fatalities.
    The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Monday that three statewide winners will receive family packages at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City and $50 gift cards from Dillons of Kansas.

    A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) will each receive a bicycle and a helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas.
    All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 19 and should be mailed to: AAA Kansas, Public Affairs, 3545 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS, 66606. On the back of the 8.5-by-11-inch paper entry must be the child’s full name; age at time of entry; mailing address; county; a parent’s name; and contact phone number. Numerous transportation safety organizations in Kansas sponsor the contest


    Designating October 10, 2014, as "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" in Pennsylvania

    WHEREAS, The number of highway deaths on Pennsylvania roads declined to a record low last year when 1,208 were recorded, the lowest number since recordkeeping began in 1928; and

    WHEREAS, There are many controllable causes of traffic fatalities, including excessive speed, use of alcohol and drugs, inexperience and carelessness; and

    WHEREAS, The National Society of Professional Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers Expert Witness Council and a coalition of government agencies have teamed up to focus national public awareness October 10, 2014, regarding the cause of traffic fatalities and the need to reduce the number of traffic fatalities; and

    WHEREAS, There is national interest in designating October 10, 2014, as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day; an

    WHEREAS, On that day everyone should take an extra measure of care to ensure their safety and the safety of sharing the road with other users in a safe manner by

    (1)  driving courteously and defensively;

    (2)  knowing the rules of the road for their method of transportation and obeying all signs and signals;

    (3)  wearing protective gear, seat belts or helmets; an

    (4)  avoiding speeding or driving while impaired or driving aggressively;
    therefore be it

    RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate October 10, 2014, as "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" in Pennsylvania.


    MDOT and CRA to promote "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" 

    • "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" is Friday, Oct. 10
    • MDOT and CRA will post social media messages about the ramifications of poor driver behavior every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
    • So far in 2014, 689 lives are reported to have been lost on Michigan roadways. There were 951 deaths on Michigan roads reported in 2013.

    October 9, 2014 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is partnering with the County Road Association (CRA) for a unique social media campaign on Friday, Oct. 10, to promote safety on Michigan roadways. "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" is a national safety initiative to reduce roadway fatalities by improving driver behavior.

    Starting at 9 a.m., MDOT and CRA will post messages on their social media sites every half-hour until 5 p.m. The messages will include statistics and facts about roadway fatalities intended to educate the public on the ramifications of poor driver behavior.

    "Poor driving decisions continue to lead to catastrophic consequences for families all over the United States, including Michigan," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "MDOT is proud to participate in this effort to make the public more aware of what can happen when poor decisions are made on the road. Please obey all traffic laws and avoid distractions when driving. Remember, even one death is too many."

    As of Oct. 7, 689 lives are reported to have been lost on Michigan roadways in 2014, an increase of 14 from last week. According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, there were 951 deaths on Michigan roads reported in 2013. Driver behavior factors into nearly 90 percent of all fatal crashes and one key to changing driver behavior is educating the public on the scope of the issue. MDOT currently uses social media, along with electronic message boards, as part of its "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign as a simple and inexpensive way to contribute to driver education.