So far this year, 76 people have died on state roadways compared with 120 people during the same time period last year. That’s a decrease of 36.7 percent.
“This should be easy by now since the message is always the same: don’t drink and drive. Those who gamble on driving under the influence may find their lives changed in a moment. They’re likely to lose their licenses, their freedom, or their lives as the result,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
On St. Patrick’s Day 2008, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes nationally had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, NHTSA statistics show that in 2008, there were 134 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day. Out of that number, 50 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver with a BAC of .08 or higher
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