The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reporting a four percent decline in motor vehicle crashes in 2012 compared to 2011. The agency states that the decrease is attributed to a program that was established in 1998 to reduce car accidents. There were 6,033 accidents at the Port Authority's bridges, tunnels, airports and docks last year.
Acar accident can happen at any moment while people are driving on busy roads. The developments of the Traffic Safety Improvement Program that was created in 1998 are still ongoing today. The program created detection systems for taller vehicles, enhanced traffic merge patterns, better overhead signs, new traffic signal equipment, and increased police presence.The report also noted that traffic volume at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and tunnels fell by 2.4 percent in 2012, a drop attributed to both high joblessness and toll hikes. Fewer people working means fewer people commuting across bridges and tunnels. The volume drop was in part to slow-moving employment numbers in 2012. In addition, experts say the drop was also because of a sharp, multiphase toll hike on bridges and tunnels that started in September 2011. Tolls climbed from $8 to $9.50 for E-ZPass holders and $12 for cash patrons. In December 2011, the second of four increments raised tolls to $10.25 for E-ZPass and $13 for cash.