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October 6, 2014 is Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention
Wear your BLUE SHIRT and join us in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying on Monday, October 6th! Drive awareness of anti bullying programs and STOMP Out Bullying around the world!
On Wednesday October 8, 2014, the International Walk to School Day will be held. The Walk to School Day is a way to promote safety, health and having fun.
On Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7pm in the Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Senior Center, CAAF will be hosting a FREE important information night for all age groups. Several important will be discussed, as several guests speakers will be in attendance. Topics that will be covered include:
- Disability Services
- Mental Health Services
- Home Safety
Light Refreshments will be Served
An early report released by the National Highway and Transportation Administration (NHTSA) estimated there were over 33,000 traffic fatalities in 2013. That’s about 90 fatalities every single day – one fatality every 16 minutes. Imagine a day with zero traffic deaths where all drivers make a special effort to “Put the Brakes on Fatalities!”
The fourteenth annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day will be celebrated on October 10, 2014 by promoting the theme “Don’t be Driven to Distraction-Drive to Arrive” in Hasbrouck Heights to encourage the public to reduce driver distractions so they and their loved ones do not become one of those statistics.
The goal is to unite the country in achieving one full day of zero traffic deaths by encouraging safer behavior and actions, promoting safer roadways and vehicles, and creating improved ways to handle medical emergencies and enforcement of traffic regulations. Motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for all Americans from three to fourteen years old. Whether as a drive, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist, cyclist or professional, by working together in a concerted effort, we can make a difference by reducing to zero the number of fatalities occurring on our nation’s roads.
The good news is that by taking pro-active steps, the public can greatly reduce the odds of becoming a statistic. First and foremost, we must be attentive when we drive. Eliminating distractions such as text messing and talking on a cell phone, never driving when drowsy, always driving defensively and obeying the posted speed limits, sharing the road with other vehicles like motorcycles, bicycles, and trucks, slowing down in bad weather and in construction and school zones, and not drinking while driving are just a few examples of how drivers can reduce their chances of being in a crash. Other important safety practices include buckling up immediately upon entering a vehicle or every time you begin a trip, using appropriate child safety seats, wearing a helmet when bicycling, motorcycling, or skating, and crossing the street in crosswalks.
October was selected for the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day observance because it is among the peak months for traffic fatalities. In fact, October 9th was the most dangerous day of the year to be on the road in 1999: 207 people died in traffic crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). February 22 was the safest day to be on the road that year: 50 were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day promotes:
Safer driving behaviors
A safe driver is an attentive driver. Do not drive when you are tired or are distracted. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger drive, passenger, and bystander safety.
Nine common distractions to avoid include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and Drinking
- Talking to Passengers
- Using a Navigation System
- Watching a Video
- Adjusting a radio, CD Player, or MP3 player
If using you cell phone is necessary to handle an emergency call, find a safe place to pull off the road for receiving or making the call. The second behavior is to always wear your seat belt. This should be as normal as closing the door on vehicle that you enter. These two behaviors are supported by information that follows from research reports and other articles.
Breakthrough research by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on real-world driving behavior released by NHTSA in 2006 indicated that driver inattention was the leading factor in most crashes and near crashes. They noted that nearly 80% of the crashes and 65 % of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Cell phone use and drowsiness were mentioned as two of the distractive driver activities observed.
Safer Driving Environments.
Despite the recent down trend in numbers of miles driven released by the Federal Highway Administration in February of 2009, poor road conditions and obsolete designs must be addressed in order to reduce highway deaths. Drivers are encouraged to be especially alert this October 10th for roadway conditions such as narrow roads and bridges, narrow shoulders that end in steep slopes or ditches, and intersections that need improvement (new construction, markings and lighting). Encourage state and local officials to give priority to road maintenance and the of design/construction of roadway improvements, such as adding rumple strips, better lighting and reflective signs, creating passing lane on hills and separate turn lanes at high traffic volume intersections, constructing median barriers and widening lanes.
Proper vehicle maintenance plays an important role in reducing crashes. Check your tires for proper inflation pressure, tread wear and alignment. Winterize your vehicle if you live in a cold climate. Replace worn windshield wipers. If your vehicle has antilock brakes, operate them correctly by “stomping and steering” rather than pumping them. If you are buying a vehicle, consider safety devices and safety ratings as a top priority. Check out the NHTSA Web site at www.nhtsa.dot.gov for vehicle safety ratings
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Hasbrouck Heights will be holding their annual Hayride in the Park. Tickets will be sold at Town Day. Tickets can also be obtained by contacting Rob Brady at (201) 288-4143. Tickets will not be sold at event, as reservations will be made upon ticket purchase. Any questions, contact Rob Brady.
Rain Date for Hayride is Thursday October 16, 2014
Pictures with Santa will be held at the Conclusion of the Annual Christmas Parade at the TD Bank located within the Traffic Circle (Boulevard/Passaic)