Your plans for New Year’s Eve might consist of watching the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of your own home. However, if you’re like many New Jersey residents, you probably have a fun party or event to attend that night.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are notoriously dangerous days to be out on the road. This risk is partly due to increased traffic, late-night celebrations, and drunk driving.
Distracted driving is deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,450 people in 2016. Unfortunately, individuals continue to let their attention wander when they are behind the wheel, despite knowing the risk of being involved in an auto accident.
Unfortunately, fatal motor vehicle accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. According to preliminary statistics released by the National Safety Council, 40,100 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017 and another 4.57 million people required medical attention. The number of fatalities exceeded 40,000 in 2016 as well.
In New Jersey alone, there have been approximately 371 fatalities so far this year according to public information provided by the New Jersey State Police. The fatalities by county include:
We all know that texting and driving is a problem. In fact, distracted driving kills 9 people in car accidents each day. In New Jersey, it is illegal to use a hand-held device while driving, and it is a primary offense to text and drive, meaning that an officer can pull you over and ticket you for texting and driving.