Ocean County, New Jersey had more traffic fatalities in 2016 than any other county in the state. New Jersey had 603 fatal accidents that year, which was a seven percent increase from the previous year. Out of this total number, 54 fatalities occurred in Ocean County, making this corridor that includes the Garden State Parkway, Route 9, Route 70, Route 528, and Route 88 the most dangerous in the state.
Traffic fatalities were the highest along Route 70 where nine fatal accidents were reported. The Garden State Parkway reported eight fatalities, while County Route 528 between Mantoloking Road and Cedar Bridge Avenue saw four fatal accidents. The rest of the fatalities occurred along Route 9 and Route 88 in the county.
County and municipal administrators have been aware of the problems along the stretch of Route 9 in Ocean County that runs from Tuckerton to Bayville. This two-lane highway that runs parallel to the Garden State Parkway is too narrow for the amount of traffic on the roadway. Because of frequent delays, especially in the summer months when tourism in the area increases, many motorists feed onto the Garden State Parkway, which is already overstressed at that time of year.
Despite county and municipal administrator’s requests for improvements on this stretch of highway, state officials claim there is not enough money in the budget to address these concerns. County officials want the state to invest in widening the two-lane road to four lanes, with two lanes heading in each direction. Widening the road would give motorists more leeway to pass other vehicles and to exit and enter the road safely.
High-Volume Traffic and Speeding
Route 70’s high fatality rate is also due in large part to heavy traffic along the two-lane route between Manchester, Lakehurst, and Point Pleasant. Head on collisions account for most of the fatal accidents that occurred on this roadway in 2016. The speed limit on this road is 50 miles per hour, which results in serious and often fatal injuries when vehicles collide.
The Garden State Parkway is a very popular route to travel for those heading to the Jersey Shore. The multi-lane highway affords motorists a direct route between most shore points, with long stretches of open road, frequent exits, and affordable tolls. The speed limit on the Garden State Parkway in Ocean County is 65 miles per hour, which leads to serious and often fatal injuries when car accidents occur. The deadliest accidents along this route occur when cars switch lanes, enter and exit the highway, or run off the road, either crossing the dividing median or running off the shoulder of the highway.
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