West Trenton, N.J. – Independence Day 2020 has arrived, and although we will be celebrating differently this year by wearing face coverings and social distancing, we expect our roadways to experience increased traffic as a result of motorists traveling to New Jersey’s beaches, state parks, lakes and other tourists attractions as they always do during this holiday weekend. We know our citizens have done a great job flattening the curve through social distancing, and now we are asking motorists to help us flatten the crash curve by driving defensively, obeying speed limits, and by not getting behind the wheel while under the influence.
During the July 4th holiday last year, there were 9 fatal crashes that resulted in 13 deaths, with alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor for 4 of them. These types of tragedies can often be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation applications such as Uber and Lyft, making plans to stay with friends or family, or having a designated driver
The New Jersey State Police have planned to significantly increase traffic enforcement details across the state from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. During this period, more than 90 additional troopers will be on special details targeting aggressive driving, speeding, seatbelt usage, distracted driving, and DWI in addition to regularly scheduled patrols.