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Wednesday: Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

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PIO Number: 01-10-8
Date: Oct. 10, 2001
Time: all day
Place of Occurrence: throughout Broward County and the USA

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Recognizing that motor vehicle crashes are a greater threat to life and limb than murder, the Broward Sheriff's Office is joining in a nationwide traffic enforcement effort on Wednesday. The first annual Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day will be celebrated on October 10th to encourage the public to take a greater stand in protecting themselves and their loved ones.In support of Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, BSO deputies in every district will concentrate on traffic law enforcement on Wednesday. Deputies will be writing tickets for dangerous infractions including speeding and red light running. Children violating bicycle helmet laws may also be cited and pedestrian citations may also be issued. The goal is to unite the country in achieving one full day of zero traffic deaths by encouraging safer behavior and actions and by promoting safer roadways. According the Department of Transportation, motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for all Americans from 6 to 33 years old. October was selected for the new safety observance because it is among the peak months for traffic fatalities. The year 2001 has been a deadly one on Broward County roadways. In 2000, in the areas patrolled by BSO (not including Pompano Beach) 38 people lost their lives. So far this year, with three months remaining, 34 people have been killed. In Pompano Beach, 14 people have been killed in car crashes this year while eight people died in all of 2000. Countywide, there were 27,814 crashes with 221 deaths last year. For more traffic safety tips and information, log on to the Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day Web site at www.brakesonfatalites.org..

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THIS REPORT BY: Sgt. J. Diaz, Dist. 11 Jim Leljedal / PIO 10/9/01 1545

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