Sample Proclamation

October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014, has been declared Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day by the (TITLE OR NAME OF CITY, COUNTY, STATE OR ORGANIZATION);

WHEREAS,

Traffic crashes in 2013 increased the number of fatalities by 3.3% over 2012 to 33,561 and caused 2.36 million injuries. They have been the leading cause of death for children ages 4 and every age 11 through 14.

WHEREAS,

In 2012, more than half (52%) of passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained; however, child restraints saved 284 children under age 5 and seat belts saved 12,174 others;

WHEREAS,

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.

WHEREAS,

In 2012, alcohol-related crashes account for 31% of all traffic fatalities;

WHEREAS,

In 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal crashes;

WHEREAS,

In 2012, large trucks were involved in 12% of all fatal crashes with 73% being occupants of other vehicles, 10% non-occupants and 18% occupants of large trucks;

WHEREAS,

In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all fatalities with 41% of riders and 53% of passengers not wearing helmets at the time of the crash;

 

WHEREAS,

The economic cost alone of motor vehicle crashes in 2000 was $230.6 billion (noted in recently published data);

WHEREAS,

Poor road conditions and obsolete highways need to be addressed in order to reduce highway deaths. The use of cost-effective roadway safety improvements such as all-weather signing and markings, traffic signals, skid resistant pavements and removal of roadside hazards could also greatly reduce the number of traffic crashes;

WHEREAS,

The use of safer driving behaviors such as not talking or text messaging on cell phones, the use of seat belts and helmets (motorcycles), not drinking and driving, and obeying traffic laws would dramatically reduce the number of traffic- related injuries and deaths;

WHEREAS,

The continued development of safer vehicles and protective safety equipment for motor cycles (such as helmets) will enhance people's ability to protect themselves and their families from preventable and tragic permanent injuries and deaths ;

Now, THEREFORE, I (NAME OF ELECTED OFFICIAL) (TITLE OR NAME OF CITY, COUNTY, STATE OR ORGANIZATION), do hereby proclaim October 10, 2014 as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, and call upon everyone to help save lives by spreading these important messages throughout our communities specifically on this day and also all other days of the year.