EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) will recognize the 12th annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” the weekend of Friday, Oct. 12 through Monday, Oct. 15. Lake County CTST encourages the public to take a greater stand in keeping themselves and their loved ones from becoming a traffic-fatality statistic. Don’t be driven to distraction — drive to arrive!
Traffic crashes across Florida in 2011 took 2,207 lives and have claimed 32,310 lives in the past 12 years (Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2011). In 2011, 46 lives were taken in Lake County, due to traffic crashes. The goal of “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is to unite the country in achieving one full day of zero traffic deaths by encouraging safer behavior actions and by promoting safer roadways.
“Imagine a day with zero traffic deaths where all drivers make a special effort to ‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities,’” said Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “Motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for all Americans from 6 to 33 years old. Whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist or cyclist, by working together in a concerted effort, we can make a difference to stop the fatalities from occurring on our nation’s roads.”
By taking proactive steps, the public can greatly reduce the odds of becoming a statistic. A few important safety practices that can reduce the chances of being in a vehicle crash include:
- Drive defensively
- Obey posted speed limits
- Share the road with other vehicles, such as motorcycles, bicycles and trucks
- Slow down in bad weather and in construction and school zones
- Do not drink and drive
- Buckle up immediately upon entering a vehicle
- Use appropriate child-safety seats
- Wear a helmet when bicycling, motorcycling and skating
- Cross the street in crosswalks
The Lake County CTST is a multi-jurisdictional agency with cooperation between Lake County, its municipalities, other organizations and concerned citizens. The CTST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve roadway safety problems in Lake County. The team is comprised of individuals representing engineering, law enforcement, emergency services, traffic-safety education and the public.
For more information about the Lake County CTST, call 352-483-9048, or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov. For more traffic-safety information, log on to www.brakesonfatalities.org.