February 10, 2021 | Number of The Day
Increase in fatal crashes in New Jersey in 2020

Despite fewer cars on the road because of COVID-19 restrictions, there was an increase in fatal crashes nationwide in 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A study of crashes by the administration found that, though fewer Americans drove last year, drivers who remained on the roads engaged in more risky behavior, including speeding, failing to wear seat belts, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Preliminary data shows that in New Jersey, fatal crashes and collisions increased by more than 5% (5.3%) in 2020 — with 552 fatal car crashes compared to 524 the previous year. State Police and the Division of Highway Safety are still analyzing the data.