SJTSA

        Serving Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties
    
Established 1998

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2013 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash 
Comparative Data Report for the State of New Jersey 
now available

Prepared by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, the report constitutes a detailed look at the causes and results of fatal crashes throughout the state during 2013 and compares them to the past five years.   

In 2013, NJ recorded 508 fatal collisions resulting in 542 deaths and a decrease of 45 collisions and 47 fatalities compared to 2012.  Of the 2013 fatalities, 26% had consumed alcohol, 12% were legally intoxicated, 82% occurred during clear weather days, 60% were on straight roads, and 54% involved passenger vehicles.  Most of the drivers involved were male, 73%, and were over age 50, 40%.  There were 132 pedestrians killed, 56 motorcyclists killed, and 14 pedalcyclists.     

View Full Report

 

www.theMattMaherStory.com

That Guy - From Perception to Reality

Matt Maher, Lower Township, NJ, was released from jail on August 4, 2014 and hit the school circuit again, thanks to a grant from State Farm, starting October 15, 2014 at Cumberland County College.  Ironically, this was where he started in 2009, before his incarceration.  In 2014, Matt spoke at twelve high schools with another five already scheduled for 2015.  To be added to the schedule contact teresa@sjtsa.org or 856-794-1941. 

Leigha (Buena High Shool):
Hello, my name is Leigha. I'm 18 years old and I was in the assembly you did today at Buena. I'm sure you get this all the time but you really impacted me and changed my perspective on so much. I think of you as a complete role model, someone who went through the worst of the worst and you changed yourself in the most positive way and I think that is so admirable. I like how you took your mistakes and now are trying to change others. I'd be lying if I said I never texted while driving, or drove after drinking. Its not that I don't know it's wrong because I do, but it's hard to explain but I guess I don't really think about it. like you said, I think "it'll never happen to me." I've seen a video about you but never have seen you talk in person and I cannot tell you how appreciatory I am to have the privilege to hear your story. I can assure you that you made me want to change my ways and you impacted my life in ways I never even thought. I was so intrigued by your story today and I can't express how gracious I am. Thank you for sharing and just know that you definitely affected one person today.

 

 

Motor Vehicle  Fatal Crash Statistics for Year 2014  
  
 527 mv related fatalities in NJ 
As of December 17, 2014
85
mv related fatalities in SJTSA region
                        
                         

  Drivers Passengers Motor-
cyclist
Bike, ATV,
Dirt Bike  
Pedestrians Total Fatals
Atlantic Co 19 11 2 1 5 38
Cape May  8 2 -  - 1 11
Cumb Co 13 1 1 - 2 17
Salem Co 12 4 3 - - 19
Totals 52 18 6 1 8 85

Statewide MV fatalities are up 17% as of 10/31/14 from 10/31/13.
Regionally, MV fatalities are down 13% for the same time period.

 

 

A Race to Disaster
The Muniz Family Story

This is a story about an 18 year old from Galloway Township, NJ, Christian Muniz, who went out drinking with friends one night.  In two vehicles they decided to race on the way home.  The other driver leaves his lane and hits Christian's rear bumper sending him off the roadway.  Christian remains paralyzed from the crash.  Friendships are severed and a family is changed forever.      

More information and the video           

                                                                                                     Click on picture for YouTube teaser

 

BACK TO SCHOOL
Sharing the road with school buses

  
Motorist must stop at least 25 feet from the bus, in both directions, when the school bus has the flashing red lights engaged.  The only exception is on divided highways (raised median as shown left or landscpated  median), when the motorist traveling in the opposite drection may slow to 10 MPH. 

Passing a school bus with flashing red lights has the highest point violation, assessing 5 points and a fine between $100 and $250.            


MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES

  New 
Jersey
SJTSA 
Region
Atlantic
County
Cape May
County
Cumberland County Salem County
2012 595 71 32 11 19 9
2013 542 75 39 5 23 8

2012 Press Release                    2013 Press Release

 



watch the video
distracted driving, bicycle, pedestrian & motorcycle safety
14 minutes

For the summer of 2014, the Alliance partnered with local law enforcement to educate motorists about distracted driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety.  25 departments participated including one department from Camden County.  

Between June 1 and September 30 1,025 warnings were issued 38% were for talking on a hand-held cell phone, 14% were for texting with a hand-held cell phone and 27 were for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  There were a high percentage (18%) issued for other violations, outside the scope of the campaign, including speeding and failure to wear a seat belt for example and only 3% to bicyclists and pedestrians.

 Of the total warnings issued, 886 (86%) went on-line to watch the video to avoid a summons.  Gender and age was asked and 58% were male and 42% female and the age group 40-49 accounted for 21% and 21-29 and 50-59 accounted for 20% each. Thirty somethings accounted for 16%, young drivers 16-20 only 13% and those over 60 only 10%.    

MARCH DEADLIEST MONTH
MV FATALITIES IN REGION 
IN 2013

  Fatalities Atlantic Co Cape May Co Cumb Co Salem Co
March  13 7   5 1
November 9 5   3 1
August  8 4 1 3  
May, July, Dec 7 4 - 3 - 5 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 2 - 1 1 - 1 - 1
September 6 4   2  
Jan, June, Oct 2 - 1 - 2 2 - 0 - 1 1 - 1 - 1 0 - 3 - 1
Feb, April 3 2 - 2   1 - 1  

49% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes were single vehicle.
57% were drivers and 13% passengers.
17% were motorcyclists.
86% were male. 

NJ Court Rules, August 28, 2013

You can be held responsible for a crash if you text a driver and 
they get into a crash as a result of reading or responding to your text

read the entire article  

 


MAY, JUNE and JULY DEADLIEST MONTHS
IN THE REGION IN 2012

44% of all mv fatalities in the region between May and Sept
9 each in May, June and July, 7 in August and 6 in September

25% were pedestrians.
13% were motorcyclists.
78% were male. 

 


                                         FINES INCREASE

Talking or texting on your hand-held cell phone while driving just got more expensive.  As of July 1, 2014, the fine has increased from $100 to a minimum of $200 and maximum of $400 for a first offense.  Second offenses increase to between $400 and $600 and third and subsequent offenses to between $600 and $800 and may be subject to 90 days license suspension and assessed 3 motor vehicle points.    
 

          
           

    1 child under the age of 8 died in each year 2012 and 2013
    2 children between 9 and 15 died in each year 2012 and 2013

 

MONTHLY CHILD SEAT CHECKS
9 am to Noon


ATLANTIC CO - 2nd Saturday, Bennett Chevy, EHT 
          
CAPE MAY CO - 3rd Saturday, NOW at Lowes, Rio Grande
Formerly Burke Chevrolet, CMCH 

Other areas, contact your local Sheriff's Office 
or the SJTSA
 

or visit  www.seatcheck.org 

 

 
Graduated Driver License Holders in Crashes in 2013
17 year old killed 18 year old passenger
17 year old killed 21 year old passenger
17 year old killed 14 year old passenger
2 18 year olds killed themselves



Get yours today, call 856-794-1941 or email your address to: teresa@sjtsa.org


 DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES
   
5% car insurance reduction and 2 points

                           The Alliance no longer provides this course.  

  Other Providers:

       - the National Safety Council (nsc.org)  
       - Amin Driving School (AminDriving.com)
        
(201) 659-2224
       - Bieniakowksi Educational Consultants
          (BECNJ.com) 1-888-SAFE-B1-S.
       - NJDefensiveDriving.com (973) 470-3194
       - SafeMotorist.com 1-800-732-4135
       - DefensiveDriving.com 1-888-545-5422
       - idrivesafely.com  

  Or visit NJMVC for a listing of approved providers. 

                   http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/Defensive.htm

 


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Tel: 856-794-1941       Fax: 856-794-2549        E-Mail: teresa@sjtsa.org