Traffic Accidents Falling at NY/NJ Port Authority

The authority credits broadcasted highway advisory radio messages, signage, pavement and crosswalk markings, new traffic signals, and continued enforcement for the recent 12 percent decline.

Traffic accidents on the bridges and in tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as at the airports and marine terminals it operates, have declined significantly recently, the authority announced. Its news release said the overall reduction since year 2000 is 36 percent. Traffic accidents in the first quarter of 2012 were down 12 percent from the same period a year earlier.

The authority said the biggest drop year over year was 25 percent at the Holland Tunnel. During all of 2011, the author reported 6,291 motor vehicle crashes, a decline of 252, or 5 percent, from 2010. Since 2000, crashes are down by 34 percent at bridges and tunnels, 39 percent at the airports, and 32 percent at the marine terminals.

The authority credits broadcasted highway advisory radio messages, signage, pavement and crosswalk markings, new traffic signals, and continued enforcement for the declines.

"We are committed to ensuring the safety of our customers who use our crossings, airports, and marine facilities on a daily basis," said Executive Director Pat Foye. "We applaud our 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."

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