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Image result for nj transit policeWhile roadway deaths increased in the nation by 8 percent for the first six months of 2015, State Police Records show that New Jersey’s traffic death rate declined between the same period. The Jersey Journal reports.

Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 16,225 people died in traffic crashes nationally, representing an 8.1 percent increase over the 15,014 deaths reported for the same time in 2014. Federal officials attributed the increase to more miles being driven in 2015.

The news comes as millions of drivers are preparing to take to the highways to travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday. AAA-Mid Atlantic officials estimate 90 percent will travel by car in the state, starting Wednesday.

But New Jersey seems to have defied those odds. While vehicle miles traveled in the state have increased, fatalities are down by 10 deaths this year when compared to the same six month time period last year, based on State Police statistics.

Between January and June 2014, 261 people were killed in New Jersey in traffic crashes. But during the same six-month period in 2015, 251 lives were claimed,according to State Police statistics.

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The highest number of deaths occurred in Burlington County, where 22 people died in the first six months of 2015. That increased from 14 fatalities for the same period in 2014, according to an analysis of State Police records. Middlesex County followed Burlington with 21 fatalities, and Camden County had the next highest death toll at 19.

During the first six months of 2014, Atlantic County had the highest death toll, with 25 fatalities, followed by Bergen County with 21 and Ocean County with 20 traffic deaths.

One of the largest spikes in traffic deaths occurred in Morris County, which had six fatalities in the first half of 2014 and 16 during the same six-month time frame in 2015. Warren County had the lowest death toll with one fatal crash occurring between January and June 2015.

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