The weekend of August 6th is being referred to as ‘New Jersey’s deadliest weekend of the year’ (NJ Patch).
In a series of unrelated crashes, seven people died and several others were seriously injured. The crashes included a motorcycle and van collision in Toms River, a truck crash in Monmouth County, a rear-end dump truck crash, and two crashes on the N.J. turnpike.
New Jersey roads become extremely congested during the summer months as weekenders flock to the shore. Here are some basic safety tips to keep in mind:
- If you’re using navigation on your phone, like Waze, remember this is a distraction! Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel
- If stuck in traffic do not tailgate
- If you’re under the influence do not get behind the wheel.
- If you have teenaged kids going to the beach with friends, encourage them to help the driver to stay focused