New Jersey roadways are becoming busier and deadlier. According to the Department of Transportation, 212 people lost their lives in car accidents across the state in 2016, with all but two roadways showing an increase in fatalities since 2015. In 2015, there were 147 fatalities on New Jersey roadways.
The Parkway and Turnpike
The Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike topped the list for the number of fatal car accidents in 2016. Accident rates on these highways are higher than other New Jersey roadways largely because of increased speed limits and the absence of traffic lights.
There were 32 fatal car accidents on the Garden State Parkway in 2016 compared to 10 the previous year. The New Jersey Turnpike incurred 21 fatal car crashes in 2016 compared to 18 in 2015. That’s an overall combined increase of almost 50 percent in fatal car accidents on these two roadways in just one year.
Route 9 and Route 30 also had a high number of fatal car accidents. In 2016, Route 9 had 15 fatal car accidents and Route 30 had 18 fatalities. The previous year, Route 9 incurred 14 fatal accidents and Route 30 had 12 deadly car accidents. Unlike the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 9 and 30 are highways that run through rural areas with lower speed limits and several traffic lights.
Another highway that runs through a rural stretch of the state is Route 322 that runs from Atlantic County to the edge of Delaware. There was a stark increase in the number of deaths on this roadway in 2016. Six people lost their lives in car accidents on this road compared to zero the year before.
Running almost parallel to the Atlantic City Expressway, Route 322 offers the advantages of a wide-open road without the tolls. Though speed limits are posted at 50 miles per hour on most the road, drivers tend to take advantage of the open roadway and often speed along the route.
Routes 55, 1, 49, and 80 had a total of 44 deaths in 2016 compared with a combined total of 30 in 2015. Routes 295, 70, 27, and 78 averaged nine car related deaths in 2016 compared to an average of eight deaths the year before.
Routes 206, 35, and 73 reported the lowest number of fatal car accidents in 2016 with a combined total of 17 fatalities compared to nine the year before.
Only Route 130 and Route 22 showed a decrease in the number of fatal car accidents from 2015 to 2016. Route 130 claimed the lives of eight people in 2016 and 12 in 2015. Route 22 had a total of six fatal car accidents in 2015 compared to seven in 2016. These statistics show the stark reality of a person’s risk of a car accident when on the road in the Garden State.
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