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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Comparative Data Report for the State of New Jersey, 2003

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44 pages
This report presents a statistical profile of the causes and results of fatal motor vehicle accidents throughout New Jersey during 2003.
In 2003, there were 666 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the State, with 735 people killed. This marked a decrease of 33 fatal accidents and a decrease of 36 fatalities from the previous year. Of these fatalities, 32.5 percent had consumed some level of alcohol. Of all drivers in these accidents, 11.4 percent were legally intoxicated. A total of 119 drivers in fatal accidents were 17-20 years old. There were 56 fatal accidents that involved 57 motorcycles. Pedalcyclists accounted for 11 fatal accidents, and the pedestrian deaths totaled 137. A total of 35 hit-and-run fatal accidents involved 52 vehicles. Fifty-three percent of all fatal accidents occurred on straight roads, and 81 percent occurred during clear weather conditions. Of the known drivers involved in fatal accidents, 72.8 percent were males; and of the vehicles involved in fatal accidents, 58.1 percent involved passenger cars. A total of 60 tractor-trailers were involved in 48 fatal accidents that resulted in 53 fatalities. Data also address restraint usage by victims; fatal accidents and persons killed for selected holiday periods; fatal accidents over a 10-year period; fatal accident investigation summary by troop (State troopers); and fatal accidents by county, municipality, date, time, and location. Extensive tables and figures