Unsafe Driving, Traffic Violations in NJ


Published in Cape May County Herald.

Death from unsafe driving, traffic violations, and traffic accidents are high in New Jersey and are increasing. Not only do they cause risk to one's health but they can have aftereffects too.

According to media reports, in 2015, there were 501 road accidents that led to 541 deaths in New Jersey. According to data presented by Allstate Insurance in 2012, New Jersey was named “home to the second worst drivers” in the country, which was printed in Forbes magazine. New Jersey Department of Transportation released a report that included approximately 62,000 accidents in 2014. Most car accidents in New Jersey occur on municipal or county roads. We experience a large number of accidents during the holiday season in Cape May County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of teenage deaths in the U.S. are the result of motor vehicle crashes. The reason: “Most teens around the country are inexperienced and don’t have enough practice and knowledge when they get behind the wheel of a car,” stated Jason Friedman, founder, and CEO of Drive Safer.

When I got a careless driving ticket from Middle Township police last month, I knew it was not a major accident but I was still scared.

I am very thankful to new Middle Township Judge Dorothy Incarvito-Garrabrant. She was wonderful. The court was very busy and most were there for traffic violations. The way Judge Garrabrant and her prosecutor dealt with each case to remind people to respect the law, become a better driver and citizen, the more I got inspired from her. At the end of the day, I set my mind to help and convince other people about the laws as well as the safety of the roads, the effects and how it affects the lives of the people and the community.

When one meets with an accident, he should immediately inform police and one should not flee the scene as it may raise further questions about the accident. If the owner of the car is present, he should exchange information regarding his phone number and other information. Reporting it is a good thing as it can in most cases avoid death and damage of lives and property. Your driving history is one of the biggest factors in determining what you pay for car insurance.

Young drivers in New Jersey run a greater risk everywhere and this problem is still largely unsolved. Distracted driving is a serious problem on the roads, especially due to the use of mobile devices.

It is very important to encourage people with new teen drivers in New Jersey to get educated about New Jersey’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program. It is very important to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy in New Jersey from the start of high school. The need for prioritization of road safety education with a focus on issues like drunk driving, speeding, and negligent and reckless driving are among the main recommendations that need to be noted if we want to prevent traffic violations or deaths in New Jersey.

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