With ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber and old-fashioned cabs available throughout New Jersey, there is no excuse to drive drunk. Sadly, having safe options to get home does not stop thousands of New Jerseyites from driving drunk every year. Sometimes, one of these negligent drinkers crashes a terrible car crash in which somebody gets severely hurt.
In a tragic irony, an employee of the New Jersey State Police who helped people involved in severe auto accidents was killed recently in a crash with a teenager. The woman, who worked as a dispatcher for the State Police, was only 26.
Everybody feels stressed out, upset or angry sometimes. Most of us deal with negative emotions in healthy ways, like exercise, hobbies and therapy. But a few people can turn into a menace on the road when they feel another driver has “wronged” them somehow.
Under the previous administration, regulators with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates commercial trucking, had drafted a number of regulations aimed at reducing truck crashes. The new administration has now halted or reversed a number of those safety gains, and traffic safety advocates are worried.