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Released: 10/1/2009 

DRPA Participates in "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day"

On October 10, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) will join state and local police departments in New Jersey for “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”. This national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging safe driving behavior. 

“As a regional transportation agency and member of the community, DRPA has a vested interest in the safety of drivers,” said John J. Matheussen, CEO of DRPA and President of PATCO. “Whether it be driving on any one of DRPA’s four bridges or other roadways, if we all make a concerted effort to drive defensively, obey posted speed limits and buckle up, we can make a difference and reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities.”

In support of “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day,” DRPA will do its part to remind the public to be more careful while driving. Variable message signs with the message, “Oct. 10 Be Safe, Be Alert, Drive to Arrive,” will be in place at the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges.

Last year in New Jersey, 591 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes. This number represents a 19 percent decline from the previous year, and also marks the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the state since 1948.

For traffic safety tips and information, log on to www.brakesonfatalities.org  or the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety’s web site, at www.njsaferoads.com.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry. 


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