NEW JERSEY – Independence Day 2020 has arrived, and although we will be celebrating differently this year by wearing face coverings and social distancing, we expect our roadways to experience increased traffic as a result of motorists traveling to New Jersey’s beaches, state parks, lakes and other tourists attractions as they always do during this holiday weekend.
“We know our citizens have done a great job flattening the curve through social distancing, and now we are asking motorists to help us flatten the crash curve by driving defensively, obeying speed limits, and by not getting behind the wheel while under the influence,” state police said.
During the July 4th holiday last year, there were 9 fatal crashes that resulted in 13 deaths, with alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor for 4 of them. These types of tragedies can often be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation applications such as Uber and Lyft, making plans to stay with friends or family, or having a designated driver, state police said.
The New Jersey State Police have planned to significantly increase traffic enforcement details across the state from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. During this period, more than 90 additional troopers will be on special details targeting aggressive driving, speeding, seatbelt usage, distracted driving, and DWI in addition to regularly scheduled patrols.
Motorists are also reminded that when they see emergency vehicles on the side of the road to move over or be ticketed for the violation. According to New Jersey’s Move Over Law, drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and other highway safety vehicles displaying flashing lights must move over to leave an empty lane next to those vehicles. If it is not safe to move over, drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit.
Citizens and residents who choose to use fireworks sold legally in New Jersey should choose a safe location and ensure the area is clear of flammable material and that spectators remain at a safe distance.
“Because of the tremendous hard work and resiliency of our citizens, thousands will be able to celebrate Independence Day together with family and friends, whether it’s at home at a barbecue or at one of New Jersey’s many great tourist attractions,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan said. “While much focus remains on practicing social distancing to keep each other safe, the dangers of impaired and distracted driving remains a top priority for the New Jersey State Police. We are doing our part by deploying nearly one hundred additional troopers to patrol statewide. We ask that you do your part by not getting behind the wheel after drinking, and if you plan on using legal fireworks, please do so responsibly. We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy July 4th weekend.”