The “Drive to Save Lives on I-95” patrol of the 1,920 miles of highway is a united effort to keep drivers safe and reduce fatalities. It is in support of the national “Drive to Save Lives Campaign.
The focus of the patrols will be speeders, aggressive driving, seatbelt use, cell phone use, and DWI enforcement.
The “Drive to Save Lives Campaign,” is a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent this year.
“We are always looking for new strategies to reduce traffic related deaths,” Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said. “This is a cooperative, data-driven initiative, targeting driving behaviors that are proven contributing factors of crash fatalities. On Saturday, our state troopers will be actively participating in this initiative on I-95 and on all of the roadways patrolled by the New Jersey State Police.”
Fuentes said that each year, more than 33,000 traffic related fatalities occur on our nation’s roadways, and highway fatalities rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the country. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among teens.