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Traffic fatalities in New Jersey are at a five-year low, state police say

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.

Fatal accident statistics for 2018 in Northwest New Jersey:

  • Hunterdon County: 3
  • Morris County: 28
  • Sussex County: 12
  • Warren County: 7

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.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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