Department of Transportation


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.

Since 2020, the number of fatalities and serious injuries on New Jersey roads has been increasing. Similar trends have been seen nationally. To this end, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is committed to the vision of achieving Zero fatalities on all public roads by the year 2050.

New Jersey Traffic Fatalities Five Year Annual Average
New Jersey Traffic Fatalities Five Year Annual Average (pdf 83k)

New Jersey Traffic Serious Injuries
                Five Year Annual Average
New Jersey Traffic Serious Injuries Five Year Annual Average (pdf 97k)

NJDOT and its safety partners are taking action to reach this goal. NJDOT has adopted the Zero Deaths National Strategy and has developed a comprehensive Statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to identify and advance programs and activities that will be most effective in reducing fatalities and serious injuries.

NJDOT cannot do this work alone. The SHSP is being implemented 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 State’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations; North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization, as well as other safety stakeholders. All stakeholders are actively working to implement the SHSP.

New Jersey receives funding each year from the federal government for various types of infrastructure improvements and behavioral initiatives. The FHWA Highway Safety Improvement Program is intended to achieve significant reduction of traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads through infrastructure improvements. The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is the recipient of federal funds from NHTSA and focuses on education and enforcement. Both state agencies work cooperatively in the development of statewide goals and targets, and report performance to our federal partners.

NJDOT also utilizes funding from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund to implement safety programs and infrastructure improvements.

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Last updated date: April 24, 2023 1:43 PM