NATIONAL DRUNK & DRUGGED DRIVING PREVENTION MONTH: ATLANTIC COUNTY SEES INCREASE IN FATAL CRASHES IN 2020


MAYS LANDING- December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, or National 3D Prevention Month and Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner would like National 3D Prevention Month to serve as a reminder to never drive impaired. Atlantic County has seen an increase in the number of motor vehicle crashes in 2020 over 2019. There has also been an increase in the number of crashes, involving fatalities to date this year over 2019.

“The dramatic rise in motor vehicle accidents and associated fatalities is both tragic and alarming.  You would think that with less traffic on our roadways due to the pandemic that our number of accidents would have decreased. They did not.  So now, more than ever, I want to provide a stark reminder to all of our motorists and pedestrians to drive with care.  Drinking while driving and driving while distracted causes far too many deaths.  Don’t do it!” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

 

2018-2020 Data of Motor Vehicle Crashes and Fatal Crashes:

 

2020 (year to date as of 12/29/20)

Atlantic County – 41 crashes resulting in 43 fatalities

So far, 14 crashes involve the use of alcohol, drugs, or a combination, with results still pending in a number of cases. 1 of the crashes resulted in criminal charges, however a number are still under investigation and may result in charges.

2019

Atlantic County – 30 crashes resulting in 32 fatalities

17 of these crashes involved the use of alcohol, drugs, or a combination. Of the 17, 5 resulted in criminal charges (the remaining 12 involved the deceased being impaired)

Statewide – 524 crashes resulting in 558 fatalities

**New Jersey State Police do not have the full 2019 stats published for a breakdown of impaired drivers

2018

Atlantic County – 30 crashes resulting in 33 fatalities

10 of these crashes involved the use of alcohol, drugs, or a combination. Of the 10, 3 resulted in criminal charges (the remaining 7 involved the deceased being impaired)

Statewide – 524 crashes resulting in 563 fatalities

In these cases 163 were positive for alcohol and 95 were positive for drugs.

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

 

 

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