Report: Ocean County among deadliest for senior pedestrians
According to a new report released by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Garden State seniors are at a disproportionately high risk for pedestrian fatalities.
Between 2006 and 2008, 128 pedestrians aged 60 years and older were killed on New Jersey roads, according to the report.
The report names Route 9 in the Jersey Shore area as one of the most dangerous roadways for seniors to cross.
"As New Jersey leaders figure out how to deal with the state's budget crisis, it's clear that pedestrian safety programs cannot be sacrificed," said Kate Slevin, Tri-State Transportation Campaign's executive director in a press release. "With a modest investment, these programs save lives and help protect our more vulnerable residents."
New Jersey Department of Transportation officials say they are making progress toward improving the situation. Several Senior Mobility Workshops have been held around the region.
Click here for the full report from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.