According to the NJ State Police’s Chart, Burlington, Monmouth, and Middlesex were the top three counties in the state with the most fatal crashes of 2016.
The state ended 2016 with 607 people killed in 575 crashes, which State Police said was an 8 percent increase over 2015. There were 166 pedestrian fatalities.
These fatality statistics can result in highway projects to improve conditions if a trend is seen in the crash data over several years, said Stephen Schapiro, a state Department of Transportation spokesman.
“NJDOT looks at several criteria for a given location or segment of road including the number of crashes, the type of crash, the severity of the crash, and the cause of the crash,” he said. “The Department compiles three years of data for a given location and uses the information to prioritize projects.”
The continuing trend of distracted driving was the leading factor in deadly collisions, followed by alcohol use and speeding.
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