The number of accidents caused by drunk drivers is truly staggering. As reported in one of our previous web posts, over 10,000 Americans died as a result of drunk drivers in 2012. Here in New Jersey, approximately 550 residents are killed annually in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.
On Nov. 5, a pedestrian suffered minor injuries while crossing the street in Princeton, New Jersey. According to police, the 58-year-old pedestrian was attempting to cross Vandeventer Avenue while using the crosswalk when the accident occurred.
Each year roughly 550 New Jersey residents are killed as a result of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. The state has begun implementing an annual program called, "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day!" in an effort to reduce overall traffic deaths. The Department of Law & Public Safety encourages residents to observe each Oct. 10 as a day free of traffic-related fatalities. The goal is to inspire the use of extra caution by every motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian using New Jersey roadways on Oct. 10.
On Aug. 28, a Hackensack, New Jersey, grand jury returned an indictment charging a Lodi, New Jersey, schoolteacher with drunk driving. The county prosecutor says the charges stem from a serious collision back on April 19 that resulted in serious injuries to a police officer. The 37-year-old teacher is alleged to have committed aggravated assault, assault by auto while driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident serious injury.
Many New Jersey motorists remember the days when you only had to wait for pedestrian to clear your lane before you can proceed through a crosswalk. All of that changed beginning April 2010 and now, New Jersey Statute 39:4-36 requires that motorists remain completely stopped until a pedestrian has finished crossing the street.
We've all done it. Jaywalking is probably the only crime any of us will ever commit without feeling even a hint of remorse. That is part of the problem according to a spokesperson for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. The organization is unrolling a new initiative called "Street Smart NJ," which combines a public awareness campaign that uses a grassroots community outreach approach. It also relies on the participation of local law enforcement. The spokesperson says that for pedestrians, the main changes they can make to improve safety is to use crosswalks and wait for the walk signal to change before they start crossing the street.
Car accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. People often get up each day and prepare for their daily commutes thinking "It won't happen to me," if they think about it at all. There is no way of knowing if and when motor vehicle accidents will take place or who will be involved, especially in instances of alleged negligence like drunk driving. A recent accident in New Jersey reportedly involving alcohol resulted in serious injuries for an unsuspecting victim.