Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
October 10


NHTSA NCSA Crash Stat - Early Estimate of 2014 1st Quarter (January - March) Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities to be 6,800 or a 4.9% Drop over the same period in 2013

The NHTSA Number of 2012 Fatalities is 33,561, a 3.3 increase from 2011

The U.S. DOT estimates that the number of traffic fatalities in 2013 will be lower than 2012. 


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"Towards Zero Fatalities" is both a phrase and a goal that federal and state agencies and many organizations are promoting.  Let's everyone support it and join in the effort reduce deaths on our American highways.

The Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Program in the last ten years has promoted reducing all fatalities and similar to the promotion of the "Great American Smoke Out's" effort to reduce smoking, promoted that an initial fatality free day would be the seed leading --- "Towards Zero Fatalities" on our American roadways.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day was initiated by many partner organizations who are working to lower this statistic. Our efforts to reduce fatalities address the need for improvements to our roadways, our vehicles and basic driver behavior.

You too can become involved to promote the reduction of fatalities by utilizing information on this web site.

Please mark October 10, 2014 on your calendar "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day." Tell your co-workers, family members and friends to do the same.

We must change our driving habits as evidenced by statistics that still indicate slightly over 33,500 traffic fatalities occur every year. That’s about 90 fatalities every single day - one fatality every 16 minutes.

We welcome indiviuals and organizations to become involved. Please email comments and the contact person for your organization to pbfday@asce.org

States recently involved are listed here:

Florida Kansas Alabama


Indiana Iowa
Maine Maryland Montana
Minnestota Nebraska New Mexico
Nevada New Jersey Pennsylvania
Ohio Oregon South Carolina
Washington Wisconsin Wyoming

If you don't see your state listed here, Obtain a proclamation that October 10th is Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day in your city or state! Don't be afraid to contact your local mayor and state governor. Here's how to start!

In addition, media information, PSA's, posters, brochures, logos and a sample PowerPoint presentation can also be found in the Toolkit.

The Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (T&DI) who now manages the web site, requests existing partners, other private corporations or public organizations who want to become more involved in financial sponsorships to fund events, develop PSA's, web site information or other activities to contact the T&DI at 703/295-6395 or e-mail pbfday@asce.org.

Reducing fatalities requires everyone's participation. Please use this site to create a program in your state or organization and become involved. With your involvement, we can make a difference by reducing fatalities on American roadways. Please share what your organization is planning for 2014 by sending an article for our listing of state activities to pbfday@asce.org. Good luck and please keep us informed of your success!

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
The Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE
1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston, VA 20191/www.asce.org/tanddi