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Route 130 May Be Safer

Known for years as the most dangerous road in New Jersey, Route 130 in Burlington County appears to have become a safer place for drivers and pedestrians.

Operation 130 Safe Passage (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)

Since the multi-jurisdictional blitz known as “Operation 130 Safe Passage” began a year ago, there have been zero pedestrian deaths. The 22.5-mile stretch of the road was the scene of 20 pedestrian fatalities from 2007 to May of last year.

Meanwhile, surveys observed sharp reductions in speeding, distracted driving, and other infractions.

There were two fatal crashes over the past year, however.

“These results show the strong, positive impact that law enforcement agencies can have when they work together proactively to address a tragic trend,” said Acting Attorney General John Hoffman. “We are going to take the valuable lessons learned through these efforts on Route 130 and continue to apply them wherever there is critical need to protect the public.”

The county sheriff’s department received $225,000 from the state to help with enforcement operations.

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