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Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day
Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Ann Nucatola
(850) 617-3102


Tallahassee - In 2006, there were 3,365 traffic fatalities in Florida. That's about nine fatalities every single day. Imagine a day with zero traffic deaths where all drivers make a special effort to – "Put the Brakes on Fatalities!"

The seventh annual Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day will be celebrated on October 10, 2007 to encourage the public to take a greater stand in keeping themselves and their loved ones from becoming one of those statistics. “The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles supports any initiative aimed at our mission to make Florida’s highway safe for our residents and visitors," said Electra Bustle, Executive Director. "We urge motorists, on October 10 and everyday, to do their part and take responsibility for their actions while driving. We need to drive safer and drive smarter. Obey traffic laws, make certain your vehicle is properly maintained, eliminate distractions, don’t drink and drive, and buckle up! We can make a difference to stop the fatalities from occurring on our roads."

"Most people today consider unsafe driving by others as a major personal threat to themselves and their families. We know that the majority of the factors that contribute to motor vehicle traffic crashes are mostly behavioral in nature. It is therefore imperative that motorists take driving seriously, develop self-initiated strategies that will help them drive less aggressively, learn to share the road, and remember that an attentive driver can avoid a crash. Drive as if your life depends on it," said Col. John Czernis, FHP Interim Director.

More information on Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day can be found at www.brakesonfatalities.org. Additionally, 2006 crash statistics are available online at www.flhsmv.gov/html/safety.html.

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