MIDDLESEX POLICE DEPARTMENT
1101 Mountain Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”
Middlesex Borough -- Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2016, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day.
Known as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.
Last year in New Jersey, 562 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 556 in 2015. Pedestrian fatalities increased from 168 in 2014 to 173 in 2015. The 2015 number represents 30% of all crashes while nationally pedestrian fatalities are at 15%. Statewide law enforcement agencies will be utilizing their variable message boards and conducting educational activities to raise public awareness regarding this issue during the week of October 3rd ending with “Brakes on Fatalities Day on October 10th.
“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Chief Matthew Geist said. “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year.".
Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org .
Special Press Release
THE MIDDLESEX BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST A SENIOR BREAKFAST AND SAFETY FORUM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2016
Chief Matthew P. Geist announces that on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, senior residents of Middlesex Borough are invited to join officers from the Middlesex Borough Police Department for a Senior Breakfast and Safety Forum. The event will feature a discussion of how to help keep our seniors safe, such as information about scams, safety in the home, and the department’s implementation of an emergency medical and information file.
The event will be sponsored by the Middlesex Elks BPOE, Lodge 1488. Seniors in the community can join police officers and Elks members on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from 10am-12noon at the Middlesex Elks Lodge, 545 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex, NJ. Complimentary breakfast will be served and the Safety Forum will begin at approximately 10:45am.
Seniors who are in need of transportation may contact the Middlesex Borough Department of Senior Services, 732-356-0414, Monday to Friday 8am-4:30pm.
“Increasingly, our senior citizens are targeted by criminals seeking to victimize them. We are compelled to reach out to our seniors and to equip them with the tools and information they need to protect themselves. More importantly, we want to let them know that in those instances that they feel they cannot protect themselves, we are here for them,” said Chief Matthew P. Geist.
For more information, please contact the event coordinator, Officer Joleen A. Auricchio, Middlesex Borough Police Department, by calling 732-356-1900 ext. 346 or by email at CP@middlesexpd.com.