United States highway fatalities have increased in 2002 with 42,850 people dying in tragic, and what are most often preventable accidents, according to preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This grim number is the highest number of fatalities since 1990.
“It’s important to the National Society of Professional Engineers that we reduce this high number of fatalities because engineers play such an important role in designing and maintaining safe roadways and vehicles,” commented NSPE President Howard Blitman, P.E., F.NSPE.
Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, founded by NSPE and held annually on October 10, aims to increase the nation’s awareness of traffic safety through events across the U.S. Put The Brakes on Fatalities Day, which started as the dream of one engineer and NSPE member, has grown into an annual event supported by 40 national engineering, highway, and safety organizations. The group works to bring the importance of road safety to the forefront of national attention by encouraging safer driving behavior and promoting safer roadways and newer safety components for motor vehicles. The goal is to reduce fatalities and ultimately achieve a day of zero traffic fatalities.
Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day encourages all states, municipalities, and individuals who care about saving lives to promote October 10 and support a call for “zero fatalities” that day and every day.
For more traffic safety tips and information, log on to the Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day Web site at www.brakesonfatalites.org.