Each year, thousands of people are killed or seriously injured on New Jersey's roadways. These are not just numbers. These are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and grandparents.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has joined other states in the Toward Zero Deaths initiative, a national vision for zero deaths on our nation's highways.
NJDOT has implemented a number of safety programs in New Jersey to help us achieve that vision.
The good news is that we are seeing a steady decline in deaths and serious injuries over the last ten years, however, we need to see that trend continue.
New Jersey Traffic Fatalities and Serious
Injuries Five-Year Annual Average Chart (pdf 97k)
The New Jersey Department of Transportation, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety's Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), as well as other safety stakeholders have developed a Statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan to focus programs on activities that will be most effective in reducing fatalities and serious injuries.
New Jersey receives funding each year from the federal government for infrastructure improvements and behavioral initiatives as guided by the State's Strategic Highway Safety Plan. NJDOT is the recipient of funds from the FHWA, under the Highway Safety Improvement Program, which focuses on transportation infrastructure. The New Jersey Law and Public Safety is the recipient of funding from NHTSA, which focuses on education and enforcement. Both state agencies work cooperatively in the development of statewide goals and targets. The agencies report performance to our federal partners.
Beyond the federal funding, NJDOT also utilizes funding from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund to implement safety improvements.
We encourage you to explore our Safety Programs listed in this web site. If you have any questions or comments, please contact David Kuhn, Assistant Commissioner of Capital Investment, Planning and Grant Administration at 609.530.5228.