NJ’s Deadliest Roads: Crash Data Report Shows State’s Worst Areas
Drunk driving was a factor in 22 percent of fatal crashes in NJ from 2017-2019; distracted driving factored in 23 percent, the report said.
NEW JERSEY — It’s not uncommon to get a traffic alert in New Jersey about a crash blocking a lane on the Garden State Parkway or tying up traffic on local roads.
With more people per square mile — more than 1,200 as of 2020, according to Statista — than any other state in the United States, and sitting in the heart of the Northeast transit corridor, it’s not surprising that New Jersey has its share of dangerous roads.
But which of those roads are the most deadly? Money Geek analyzed data on 1,640 fatal crashes from 2017 through 2019 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and broke down the roads with the most fatal crashes during those years.
“The accidents analyzed occurred on 834 roads out of the state’s 85,108 miles of road,” the report said. It also looked at how drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving contributed to the crashes.
The deadliest stretch of road was in Camden County, where 12 people died in nine crashes along a 4.7-mile stretch of Route 30. Of the remaining top 10 roads, three more were in the southwest part of the state. Five of the deadliest stretches were in North Jersey, in the heart of the commuter corridor.
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On a county-by-county basis, the Money Geek analysis found Middlesex County had the highest number of fatal crashes, with 134, and deaths in those crashes, 146, during the three-year span.
Traffic fatalities have continued rise even in spite of the pandemic that shut down traffic for a significant portion of 2020, according to raw data published by the New Jersey State Police. Total fatalities in 2020 were 587 in 550 crashes, up from 558 deaths in 524 crashes in 2019. In 2021, the data shows 701 deaths in 671 crashes, with fatal crashes rising 22 percent from 2020 and fatalities up 19 percent, according to New Jersey State Police data.
The numbers are continuing to rise in 2022, with 121 deaths so far in 115 crashes through March 17, up 12.7 percent in fatal crashes and 15.2 percent in deaths over the 102 fatal crashes with 105 deaths from Jan. 1, 2021 through March 17, 2021.
Here are the top 10 deadliest stretches of road in New Jersey, according to Money Geek:
- Route 30 from Marshall Avenue to Stratford Avenue, Stratford, Clemen
- ton, Lindenwold and Berlin. 4.7 miles. 9 fatal crashes, with 12 deaths; 1.9 crashes per mile.
- Interstate 95 from Exit 1 to Vince Lombardi Service Area, Ridgefield Park, Leonia, Teaneck, Englewood, Ridgefield, Fort Lee. 4.2 miles. 9 fatal crashes, 10 deaths. 2.1 crashes per mile.
- Route 1 from Garden Street to Exit 57, Newark, Elizabeth. 4.1 miles. 9 fatal crashes, 9 deaths. 2.2 crashes per mile.
- Route 27 from Seminary Avenue to Carolyn Terrace, Rahway, Roselle, Linden. 3.3 miles. 9 fatal crashes, 9 deaths. 2.7 crashes per mile.
- Route 38 from Marginal Road to Chestnut Street, Cherry Hill, Pennsauken. 3.5 miles. 9 fatal crashes, 9 deaths. 2.6 crashes per mile.
- Route 21 from Chester Avenue to Broad Street, Newark. 3.8 miles. 9 fatal crashes, 9 deaths. 2.4 crashes per mile.
- Interstate 80 from Exit 28 to Exit 19, Mount Olive. 4.8 miles. 8 fatal crashes, 10 deaths. 1.7 crashes per mile.
- Route 322 from Village Parkway to Walnut Street, Gloucester County. 4.0 miles. 8 fatal crashes, 10 deaths. 2.0 crashes per mile.
- Route 42 from Leddon Lane to Exit 8, Gloucester and Camden counties. 4.8 miles. 8 fatal crashes, 9 deaths. 1.7 crashes per mile.
- Route 440 from Bennett Street to Hook Road, Jersey City and Bayonne. 4.1 miles. 8 fatal crashes, 9 deaths. 1.9 crashes per mile.
Here is the county-by-county breakdown of fatal crashes for 2017-2019, according to Money Geek: