As of yesterday, September 30, there were 389 traffic fatalities this year on New Jersey highways. These deaths were the result of 366 motor vehicle crashes. A typical year sees more than 550 deaths on the roads in the Garden State.
This year, officials are urging residents to drive extremely carefully on October 10, so that for at least one day there will be no fatalities on the roads.
In 2011, according to the state, speeding was a factor in 31 percent of the crashes; 36 percent were alcohol-related; 21 percent were due to distracted driving; and 14 percent involved pedestrians. The state also urges everyone to buckle up, since 60 percent of the 2,797 teenagers who died that year were not wearing seat belts.
So far this year, 89 of those who died were pedestrians and 12 were cyclists. Fatalities included 224 drivers and 64 passengers. For a full list of fatalities by county, the state police makes the statistics available.