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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Comparative Data Report for the State of New Jersey 2007

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42 pages
This report presents statistics on the fatal motor vehicle accidents compiled by the Fatal Accident Investigation Unit of the New Jersey Division of State Police for 2007.
In New Jersey in 2007, there were 674 fatal crashes in which 724 people died. This was a decrease of 35 fatal crashes and a decrease of 47 fatalities from 2006. Of these fatalities, 28.5 percent had consumed some level of alcohol. Of the drivers in the fatal crashes, 14.7 percent were legally intoxicated. An average of 1.98 persons were killed every day in a motor vehicle crash in the State in 2007. There were 84 fatal crashes that involved 86 motorcycles. Pedal-cyclists accounted for 12 fatal crashes, and there were 150 pedestrians killed. There were 37 hit-and-run fatal crashes involving 60 vehicles. The victims were 7 drivers, 5 passengers, 25 pedestrians, and 1 pedal-cyclist. Straight roads were involved in 66.6 percent of all fatal crashes; 81 percent occurred during clear weather conditions. Of the known drivers involved in fatal crashes, 72.9 percent were males, and of the vehicles involved in fatal crashes, 55.6 percent involved passenger cars. Forty-seven tractor-trailers were involved in 43 fatal crashes that resulted in 45 fatalities. Data also show a comparison of crashes and fatalities for the years 1988-2007. Data for 2007 also address crashes and fatalities by month, fatalities and injuries by crash type, hour and day of occurrence, manner of collision, what drivers were doing, what pedestrians were doing, and contributing circumstances. Other data address seatbelt usage, fatal crashes involving drivers in the 17-20 age group, crashes for selected holiday periods, and fatal crash investigation summary by Troop. Extensive tables and figures