Sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety
The CDC and NHTSA report that motor vehicle crashes are among the top ten causes of death for Americans of all
ages and the leading cause of death for children, teens, and
young adults. In terms of years of life lost, motor vehicle
crashes rank third, behind only cancer and heart disease and
account for approximately $99 billion in medical and lost work
Crash-related deaths and injuries are largely preventable.
Statistics show from 2000 to 2009 that the number of vehicle
mi les traveled on the nation's roads increased and that the
death rate and the injury rate related to that travel declined
The successes are a result from progress in several areas
including safer vehicles, safer roadways, and safer road user
behavior. Strong seat belt and child safety seat legislation as
well as graduated drivers licensing policies for teenage drivers
have helped bring the number of crash deaths down.
In early 2012 the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, under
the direction of Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, made application
to the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety for a Comprehensive
Traffic Safety Program Grant (CTSP) for fiscal 2013. The grant
was approved and officially awarded in November.
as outlined in the application proposed the formation of a committee
comprised of representatives from public and private sector
organizations, agencies and groups affiliated with the fields of Traffic
Safety. The committee, assisting and under the direction of the CTSP
Coordinator, will be tasked with promoting Traffic Safety through the
three Es, Education, Enforcement and Engineering.
Educational materials and programs for all groups and ages are
available covering different subjects within the Traffic Safety forum.
Enforcement Initiatives will be publicized to increase the public
awareness and local law enforcement agency involvement.
Locations with high crash rates or complaints will be discussed
to evaluate if added markings or signage is necessary to
|MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES IN SOMERSET COUNTY
Prop Dam/Injury /Fatal*
|2011 - 84%
||2011 - 94%
|2012 - 86%