According to 2006-2010 statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, more fatal accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 21 occurred on Oct. 31 than on the neighboring days. Given that statistic, New Jersey parents are advised to take extra precautions for Halloween safety. Possible safety measures may include parental supervision, regular cell phone check-ins, and reflective clothing.
Two years ago, following an unprecedented increase in pedestrian deaths, the New Jersey legislature took action and passed stricter requirements and penalties for drivers and pedestrians in Bergen County and throughout the state. Under the new law, motorists are required to stop at pedestrian crosswalks, instead of merely yielding.
Most New Jersey residents are well aware of the dangers of texting while driving. But texting while walking? The only possible danger of that, it seems, is to gain notoriety after the video of the walker falling into a fountain or walking into a tree goes viral on YouTube.
Pedestrians who walk along older state highways are at a greater risk of being fatally struck by a motor vehicle, according to a new report. This increased pedestrian accident rate is present even on streets with sidewalks, indicating that New Jersey transportation need to do more to make streets safer for walkers and bicyclists.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a recent study indicating that teenage drivers are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs on New Year's Eve than on any other holiday or event. That study also reported that teenagers would refrain from driving drunk if one of their passengers asked them too.
Last week, in a display of creative law enforcement, an Elmwood Park police officer put on plain clothes and spent three hours walking back and forth across Broadway to test local drivers' knowledge of the state's relatively new pedestrian crossing law. However, the measure turned out to be successful: police officers issued 93 tickets to drivers for noncompliance with the law.
On 10:49 p.m. on July 12, a three-car collision occurred at Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue. A pedestrian was struck so hard by one of the cars that his body damaged a cast-iron drainpipe on the nearby building he was slammed into. His lifeless body then fell and was impaled on a spiked wrought-iron fence.
One out of every five people killed in a traffic-related in New Jersey over the last decade was a pedestrian, according to a new national study. Such pedestrian accidents accounted for 21 percent of total traffic deaths for the years 2000 to 2009, with minority and elderly populations making up a disproportionate majority of those killed in car crashes in those years.
Last weekend, a New Jersey woman was walking home from a friend's house with her 14-year-old brother. When her brother dropped a ball into the street and in the path of an oncoming car, the woman ran out to retrieve it, apologizing to the driver and stating that it was an accident. Enraged, the driver got out of his car and began cursing and yelling at the woman, stating that he would "show you an accident". He backed up and drove toward the woman, intentionally striking her with his car.
On February 27, 2009, a New Jersey mother took her 5- and 3-year-old children to see Disney on Ice at the Sovereign Bank Arena (now the Sun National Bank Center) in Mercer County, expecting a night of fun with her family. However, the night turned tragic before it began: a nearby accident took the life of her 3-year-old daughter as the family was walking toward the arena. Now, almost two years later, the mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arena, Mercer County, the city of Trenton, the state of New Jersey, and other parties allegedly responsible for her daughter's death.