Thousands of New Jerseyans have begun traveling across the state, kicking off their summer plans. As any New Jersey personal injury lawyer knows, traffic safety is not a priority for many New Jersey travelers. Therefore, New Jersey law enforcement officers and transportation safety officials are collaborating in an initiative to increase awareness about summer traffic safety.
The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Division of State Police have launched an initiative called the 101 Days of Summer Traffic Safety. The campaign will focus on traffic safety during the busy travel season that lasts between the Memorial Day holiday and Labor Day Weekend.
The 101 days between these two holidays mark some of the busiest, most travel-heavy days in the state. According to the State Attorney General, drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in traffic accidents during this time. In 2011, during the busy summer season of June, July and August, approximately 146 New Jersey motorists died in auto accidents.
To reduce the risk of an accident or suffering injuries in a crash, your New Jersey personal injury lawyer advises you toalways wear your seat belt and make sure that all the occupants in your car are safely buckled in. Children must be restrained in a proper child car safety seat or booster seat.
In addition, it is particularly important this summer to switch off your cell phone and other electronic devices when you are driving. With hundreds of other motorists sharing space with you on the highway, it is essential to focus solely on the road ahead of you.
Another reason why summer driving is so dangerous is the increased number of intoxicated motorists on the road. Avoid drinking and driving, and practice safe defensive driving as much as possible, because you can expect to be sharing roads with intoxicated drivers.
The New Jersey car accident lawyers at Helmer Paul Conley and Kassleman represent persons injured in automobile accidents across New Jersey.