Port Authority Reports Traffic Accidents Down
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports accidents are down on the bridges and tunnels it operates. They credit this reduction to several things, including increased signage and preventative measures as the cause of safer crossings.
According to a press release from the authority, there has been a 36 percent decrease in auto accidents agency-wide since 2000. Also, there has been a drop of 12 percent in the first quarter of 2012 when compared with the same period last year. This continues a downward trend. From 2010 to 2011, accidents on bridges and tunnels fell by 252 or 5 percent.
The Port Authority says they have implemented new measures to prevent accidents, and that these measures are working. Those preventative efforts include: highway radio messages, installation of new signs, new traffic signals, pavement and crosswalk markings, and continued enforcement.
According to Executive Director Pat Foye, “We are committed to ensuring the safety of our customers who use our crossings, airports, and marine facilities on a daily basis. We applaud out engineers who tirelessly work to make sure we properly assess and identify highly hazardous locations so we can continue to reduce risks to our travelers.”
The Port Authority looked at data regarding accidents and put improvements in the most needed areas. This included improved conditions in the North Tube of the Lincoln Tunnel, where there had been a high number of rear-end accidents. They also made changes to the Holland Tunnel at 14th Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City, where there were a higher number of sideswipes and rear-end accidents.
Increased police presence is being credited with a reduced number of crashes at Newark Liberty Airport, where there were a high number of sideswipe crashes. That number has decreased 27% since changes were implemented.
Accident prevention doesn’t only save money, it saves lives and prevents numerous residents from getting hurt.
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