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  • COMPILED BY THE

    NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

    FATAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION UNIT

    COMPILED BY THE

    NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

    FATAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION UNIT

    20112011

    MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHMOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

    COMPARATIVE DATA REPORT FOR THE

    STATE OF NEW JERSEY

    COMPARATIVE DATA REPORT FOR THE

    STATE OF NEW JERSEY

    FATALFATAL

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    State of New Jer sey OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

    DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETYCHRIS CHRISTIE Governor DIVISION OF STATE POLICE

    POST OFFICE BOX 7068 WEST TRENTON NJ 08628-0068

    (609) 882-2000 COLONEL JOSEPH R. FUENTES

    Superintendent

    JEFFREY S. CHIESA Attorney General

    KIM GUADAGNO Lt. Governor

    Dear Reader:

    The 2011 calendar year was another successful year for the nation in the reduction of fatal motor vehicle crashes. It is encouraging to see that nationwide, fatalities were down for the sixth straight year. In 2011, New Jersey recorded 586 fatal collisions that resulted in 627 deaths. This is an increase of 56 fatal collisions and 71 fatalities, averaging out to 1.71 motor vehicle fatalities per day. The law enforcement community, and certain non-profi t organizations, will remain commit- ted in their respective traffi c and public safety efforts. Through enforcement and education of the motoring public, we will continue to work toward the reduction of motor vehicle fatalities on our roadways.

    As traffi c-related deaths continue to be the leading cause of accidental deaths in New Jersey and the nation, we must continue our efforts in traffi c safety awareness. In 2011, the recorded nation- wide death toll on our roadways was approximately 32,310 fatalities. This is an approximate 1.7% decrease from 2010. In addition, it is approximately 10,398 fewer deaths than were recorded 5 years ago in 2006.

    On the following pages, you will fi nd statistics concerning this past calendar year's fatal motor ve- hicle crashes. The information was compiled by the Fatal Accident Investigation Unit within the Division of State Police. This report constitutes a detailed look at the causes and results of fatal crashes throughout the state during 2011. With the continued efforts and cooperation of the public, and federal, state and local agencies, I am convinced that our traffi c safety record will improve in the years ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Joseph R. Fuentes Colonel Superintendent

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    STATISTICAL SUMMARY 2011 Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2011 Motor Vehicle Fatal Crashes and Fatalities with a Comparison of the 1992-2012 Crashes and Fatalities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Crash Victim Classification by Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Crashes and Fatalities by Month of Occurrence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Crash Victim Classification by County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Crashes by County of Occurrence and Roadway Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fatalities and Injuries According to Crash Type Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hours of Occurrence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Weather Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Day of Occurrence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Age of Driver Victims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Age of Pedestrian Victims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Sex of Pedestrians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Condition of All Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Alcohol Factor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Victim Alcohol Factor, 2007-2011 Comparison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Victim Alcohol Factors for the Year 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Alcohol Involvement of Deceased Drivers Related to Manner of Collision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Manner of Collision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Type of Vehicles Involved (Including Parked) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Character of Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Road Designation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Age of Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Sex of Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 What Drivers Were Doing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 What Pedestrians Were Doing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Contributing Circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    SPECIFIC AREAS OF CONCERN Interstate Highway Fatalities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Pedalcycle Accidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Motorcycle Accidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Tractor-Trailer Accidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Safety Equipment Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 17 - 20 Age Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Fatal Accidents and Persons Killed for Selected Holiday Periods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Ten Year Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Fatal Crash Investigation Summary by Troop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Fatal Crashes by County, Municipality, Date, Time and Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Map - Fatalities by County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

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    QUICK FACTS

    Nationwide, the fatality rate remained at a historic low of 1.09 fatalities per hundred million vehicle miles traveled.

    Nationwide preliminary statistics indicate there were 32,310 people killed.

    In New Jersey, there were 586 fatal crashes with 627 people killed.

    There was an increase of 56 fatal crashes and an increase of 71 fatalities.

    Of the fatalities, 31.1 % had consumed alcohol to some extent.

    Of all drivers, 16.2 % were legally intoxicated.

    An average of 1.72 persons were killed every day.

    There were 90 fatal crashes involving 97 motorcycles.

    Pedalcyclists accounted for 17 fatal crashes.

    The pedestrian death toll was 143.

    There were a total of 40 hit and run fatal crashes involving 62 vehicles. The victims were comprised of 5 drivers, 2 passengers, 32 pedestrians and 1 pedalcyclist.

    There are 39,241 miles of public open roads in the state of New Jersey, indicating one death for every 62.6 miles.

    Straight roads were involved in 59.2 % of all fatal crashes.

    Of all fatal crashes, 85.0 % occurred during clear weather conditions.

    Of the known drivers involved in fatal crashes, 73.7 % were males.

    Of the vehicles involved in fatal crashes, 51.8 % involved passenger cars.

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