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Released: 10/4/2012 

DRPA Supports National Effort to Put the Brakes on Motor Vehicle Fatalities

The Delaware River Port Authority will join a national effort to promote safe driving and keep Pennsylvania and New Jersey roadways free of fatalities for one day, Wednesday, October 10.

In support of “Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day,” the DRPA will program variable message signs at the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges with the reminder, “Oct. 10:  Be Safe, Be Alert, Arrive Home Alive.”

“Last year, national traffic fatalities fell to their lowest levels in more than six decades,” said DRPA CEO John J. Matheussen. “Annual events such as ‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities’ played an important role over time in reducing the number of people killed on Pennsylvania and New Jersey highways. We’re proud to participate again this year.”

The National Society of Professional Engineers launched “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” in 2001 to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to buckle up, drive the posted speed limit, avoid distractions and remain sober behind the wheel. Since 2006, the event has been overseen by the Transportation & Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

Additional information about “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org .

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The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency that connects millions of people and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The DRPA owns and operates the PATCO commuter rail line and the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross toll bridges.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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