NJ traffic fatality report 2006
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign released their 2006 traffic fatality report last week.
Traffic deaths in New Jersey rose again last year to their highest point since 2002. 770 people died in traffic crashes in New Jersey in 2006, up more than 3 percent from 2005. Pedestrian fatalities increased even more significantly, to 168 in 2006 from 156 the previous year, a jump of nearly 8 percent.
In Hudson County (population ranked 5th out 21 counties), the number of pedestrian fatalities (4) fell by 67% from 2005 (12), and ranked 15th out of 21 counties.
However, over the past 10 years, the percentage of pedestrian deaths out of all traffic fatalities was the worst in the state, at 36.9%. My assumption is that it’s probably due to the higher concentration of people, less parking, slower roads, and more commuters.
As part of the county, it seems we’re not as badly off as we thought. Maybe Hoboken leads the state in “close calls”? Either that, or we just have the fastest reflexes. Again, this city is only 1.3 square miles.