The long Fourth of July weekend had only one motor vehicle fatality in the state of New Jersey.
The number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the region for the first six months of 2013 is up slightly over last year, the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance reported, and most of the increase was in Cumberland County, where fatalities are up from five last year to 11 so far this year.
The alliance reported that between 6 p.m. July 3 and 6 a.m. July 8 there was only one motor vehicle-related fatality statewide. It occurred at 11:24 p.m. July 3 on I-295 in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County. A passenger died in an alcohol-related crash, the alliance said.
This was a major drop from last year when seven motor vehicle deaths were reported in the state — including one in South Jersey when a pedestrian was killed by a motor vehicle at 11:35 p.m. July 4, 2012, in Millville. The 2012 holiday fatalities all occurred on the evening of July 3 or on July 4, which was a Wednesday.
In Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, there has been an increase in motor vehicle related deaths for the first six months this year, with 31 reported, up from 27 the first six months in 2012.
The reason for the increase is 11 deaths in Cumberland County this year — up from five the first six months last year.
Cumberland had three of the four pedestrian fatalities so far this year, the alliance said. Atlantic County had the other one.
The alliance said about a third of the fatal crashes this year were caused by senior drivers.
A table of motor vehicle fatalities to date and the final 2012 table are available on the Alliance’s website, SJTSA.org
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