NJ State Police Say Traffic Fatalities At Five-Year Low

The New Jersey State Police announce motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2019 were the lowest since 2014. Preliminary statistics indicate that there were 559 fatalities on New Jersey roadways in 2019, four less than the 563 fatalities reported in 2018.

The trend of reduced fatalities can be attributed to increased driver safety awareness, education initiatives, and traffic enforcement programs. However, law enforcement’s biggest challenge to combating traffic fatalities continues to be reducing behaviors attributed to driver inattention, which continues to be the leading contributing factor in crash fatalities.

In New Jersey, driver inattention can be anything from improper cell phone use, rubber necking, turning to speak to a rear-seat passenger, or anything that can draw your attention away from the road. We remind motorists that exercising responsible driving habits and obeying traffic laws are the most effective ways to make New Jersey roads safer.

“Although traffic fatalities are down, driver inattention remains the leading contributing factor, so we know we can do better,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “We will continue to do our part by increasing driver safety awareness and education programs in addition to on-going strategic traffic enforcement, but the first step to safer roads lies with motorists exercising responsible driving habits every time they get behind the wheel.”

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  1. Love how the State takes credit for this. The only thing they can take credit for is the millions of dollars paid by hard working New Jersey citizens for minor driving infractions that they chose to enforce to supplement the state coffers. Absolutely shamelful.

    Studies have shown that the reason fatal accidents are on a downward trend is because of the safety features newer model cars are equipped with. Multiple airbags, crash points, emergency braking etc. Car companies are spending millions of dollars on increasing safety features in their respective cars. THAT IS WHY THERE ARE LESS FATALITIES.
    Not because of safety programs or crackdowns. No credit where credit isn’t due.

  2. Mb- chilllllllll
    Yes it is true that safety features on cars keep advancing. However it is also true that when there is a crackdown in a neighborhood u drive more alert and cautiously. Correct? So if there are more crackdowns and safety programs then ppl automatically drive safer…
    so don’t take all the credit from the pd please.
    Congrats nj on reaching this pt! Safe driving rulesss!!!

  3. Seems mb drove around like a regular day and got caught by the state. While all those technologies do help, having a police presence in an area and stopping minor infractions can lead to decreased bigger problems.

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