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According to the Newark Star-Ledger, traffic deaths in NJ continued their steady decline to 542 in 2013, less than half the peak of 1,160 in 1981.  What's more surprising is that it's also the lowest ever recorded since the state police started keeping track in the 1940's.
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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

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I believe traffic deaths have decreased nationwide??

Better technology, such as front and side airbags to complement seat belts.
Better safety education - e.g. DUI.
More stringent laws and higher cost of infractions
Better road design and more road signs.
A generally older population.


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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

The two causes they cited as most important are safety improvements in vehicles and more vigorous enforcement of DUI laws.

However, increased congestion must be a factor, too.  It's generally not possible to reach dangerous speeds almost anywhere during peak travel hours.
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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

The two causes they cited as most important are safety improvements in vehicles and more vigorous enforcement of DUI laws.

However, increased congestion must be a factor, too.  It's generally not possible to reach dangerous speeds almost anywhere during peak travel hours.

I'm skeptical about vigorous DUI laws being a factor.  Vigorous DUI Laws don't prevent people from drinking and driving.  They punish people after the fact and generate significant cash flow moving through the court systems.

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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

The two causes they cited as most important are safety improvements in vehicles and more vigorous enforcement of DUI laws.

However, increased congestion must be a factor, too.  It's generally not possible to reach dangerous speeds almost anywhere during peak travel hours.

I'm skeptical about vigorous DUI laws being a factor.  Vigorous DUI Laws don't prevent people from drinking and driving.  They punish people after the fact and generate significant cash flow moving through the court systems.

Suspended licenses are more common now, and at least some people seem to honor the suspensions, or drive more carefully when they're driving suspended.  It's also much less socially acceptable than it once was.
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While there are more survivors of crashes in most cases due to technology advances, an even better goal would be to reduce the numbers of crashes by more strictly enforcing traffic laws.

Much higher fines would be a good start.


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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

Because damn near everyone from NJ has moved to the Poconos, where that number has been steadily increasing.
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Suspended licenses are more common now, and at least some people seem to honor the suspensions, or drive more carefully when they're driving suspended.  It's also much less socially acceptable than it once was.

I'll buy that a little, maybe.

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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

Because damn near everyone from NJ has moved to the Poconos, where that number has been steadily increasing.

That I'll buy for sure.  traffic in the Poconos is getting much heavier.

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I wonder what the main contributing factors to the drop in deaths would be.

Because damn near everyone from NJ has moved to the Poconos, where that number has been steadily increasing.

The scariest drivers in NJ are the PA commuters who blow past at 85 mph once they're clear of the jam.  It doesn't mix well with NY sightseers creeping along through the wilderness.
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So many of New Jersey's drivers are used to "vehicles" with four legs....... they just get drunk and fall off.

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