Speeding tickets dropped during COVID in N.J., but fatal crashes went up

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Drivers who felt the need to live their NASCAR fantasy on New Jersey streets and highways were less likely to receive a speeding ticket in 2020 and 2021 than any time during the past five years. The decline in ticket numbers led state safety officials to call for more enforcement to combat rising traffic fatality numbers. Police issued 130,108 speeding tickets statewide in 2021, less than the 134,110 issued in the pandemic year of 2020, which initially saw the roads emptied of traffic during the height of work from home orders and travel restrictions. Both years were significantly lower than t…

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