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Transportation Safety Committee Prepares Launch of Annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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October 10, 2017, is the 17th year of the annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day (PBFD).  To reduce fatalities, the campaign asks everyone to focus on their own behavior when using America's roadways as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, motor vehicle drivers, and passengers.  Every person should take an extra measure of care to ensure their safety and the safety of others by sharing our roadways in a safe manner.

Larry Emig, P.E., now retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation conceived the idea for PBFD. The program was kicked-off in 2001, patterned after the Great American Smokeout, when statistics showed that from 1995 through 2000 over 250,000 fatalities had occurred on our highways and streets. In the fall of 2006, the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) assumed stewardship of the program from the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Last year on October 10, 2016, PBFD programs and activities occurred in Kansas, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee. Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx published a blog post for PBFD on the Kansas Department of Transportation blog.

For information on starting an October 10 PBFD event in your area, specific PBFD activities, and previous events, please view the PBFD resources page.   (We are in the process of updating the website and crash data, but the information posted should be helpful for understanding current PBFD activities underway and planning a future PBFD event in your area.)