Number of the Day: 5.4 million

January 7, 2013 | Number of The Day

If there is one thing New Jersey has plenty of, it’s traffic — and it seems to have plenty of traffic violations, as well. In 2010, there were 5.4 million violations addressed by New Jersey’s court system, according to the Court Statistics Project, a website funded through the U.S. Department of Justice.

That’s 61,427 cases per 100,000 population — the highest rate of the 20 states participating in the project. The median rate for those states was 18,001.

The biggest difference between New Jersey and other states is that parking violations here are handled by the courts. Many states use administrative agencies to process parking violations. In New Jersey, 46 percent of the court’s traffic caseload was due to parking tickets, with 48 percent due to moving vehicle violations. Violations of other traffic ordinances made up the rest of the caseload.