United States highway fatalities 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.
Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers and held annually on October 10, aims to increase the nation's awareness of traffic safety through events across the U.S.
The annual event, supported by 40 national engineering, highway and safety organizations, works to bring the importance of road safety to the forefront 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 www.brakesonfatalities.org