Significant Rise in New Jersey Highway Fatalities Reported for Early 2011


Posted on Jun 17, 2011

The New Jersey State Police released important information just before Memorial Day Weekend. According to Police, New Jersey highway accident fatalities are up significantly when compared to the first part of 2010.

Before the long holiday weekend, 230 people had died on New Jersey highways during 2011. 195 people died in New Jersey highway accidents during the same period of 2010. That is almost an 18% increase in fatalities.

Officials have not yet indicated why there has been a significant increase in highway deaths, though they have told the media that an early analysis reveals that distracted driving may be one factor contributing to the increase in fatalities.

The New Jersey State Police announced this information at the same time that they announced their 100 Days of Summer Campaign, which will focus on seat belt use and sober driving during the traditionally dangerous driving season that occurs during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

We extend our condolences to the families of the 230 people who have died so far this year on New Jersey highways and we extend our best wishes for a full and quick recovery to anyone who has been hurt in a New Jersey highway accident.

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