NEW JERSEY – New Jersey’s traffic deaths for the month of April were down to their lowest numbers in over 50 years amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to NJ Advance Media.
Only 26 people have been victims of car accidents in the last month; this is the lowest number of monthly deaths the the state has recorded since 1968, according to NJ State police. Around New Jersey 40 motorists die in accidents in a typical month.
The decrease in traffic fatalities is primarily due to Gov. Phil Muprhy’s stay-at-home orders to help stop the spread of coronavirus in a state that has become a hotspot for outbreak. Unnecessary travel is discouraged and anyone able to is encouraged to stay at home.
Overall, this year’s fatal accidents have dropped 12% when compared to the same time frame in 2019.
Motor safety advocates note that 26 deaths in a month with a near-total lockdown still represents an unacceptable level of unnecessary tragedy, and public officials worry about increases in speeding incidents related to the near-empty roads. They note that Massachusetts for example saw a net increase in April traffic deaths in 2020 due largely to this phenomenon.