We haven't even finished the busy holiday season, yet 2021 already is the deadliest year for vehicle crashes in recent years, authorities said.
UPDATE: New Jersey State Police counted 652 crashes and 682 deaths so far in 2021 as of Monday Dec. 27 at 10 a.m., as reported here.
That compares to 549 vehicle crashes resulting in 587 deaths in all of 2020, Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill said. In these crashes, 171 drivers tested positive for alcohol and 101 were positive for drugs, Shill said.
In 2019, there were 524 vehicle crashes resulting in 558 deaths, Shill said. Of those crashes, 160 drivers were tested positive for alcohol and 85 were positive for drugs, the county prosecutor said.
A county-by-county breakdown of crashes in 2021 can be found by clicking on the NJSP website here.
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