TRENTON – Commissioner James Simpson today announced a series of statewide efforts to increase safety as residents and visitors travel to holiday destinations over the July 4th holiday weekend.
“NJDOT is promoting safety over the July 4th holiday weekend by suspending construction on all state highways and is urging drivers to obey speed and safety signs and to buckle up,” Simpson said. “In addition, I encourage motorists to dial 511 to access the state’s voice-activated telephone information system regarding traffic, weather and construction or visit our real-time traffic website, www.511nj.org.”
NJDOT will suspend all construction on state highways from 6 a.m. Friday, July 1, until noon Tuesday, July 5 to maximize roadway capacity.
NJDOT offers motorists real-time travel information in multiple formats to help them adjust travel plans in response to traffic conditions. Motorists can get the latest traffic information by calling 511 or by going to www.511nj.org. NJDOT greatly increased the video coverage available to motorists this summer, with feeds from 180 new cameras, raising the total number of traffic cameras to 430.
New ‘Shore Travel Widgets’ featured on the 511 website provide current travel times along three major highways – the Garden State Parkway (GSP), I-195 and the Atlantic City Expressway – that lead to many popular Jersey Shore destinations.
NJ State Police, NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety and other state and local police and traffic safety communities remain focused on the “101 Days of Summer” traffic safety campaign to promote safe driving practices from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Drivers are encouraged to call the following numbers for roadside assistance or to report a disabled vehicle, roadside debris or other problems:
- On the Turnpike, call #95.
- On the Parkway, call #GSP (#477).
- On the Atlantic City Expressway, call #ACE (#223).
- To report aggressive driving on any road, call #77.
- Motorists should continue to dial 911 for emergencies.
Calls are toll and airtime free with most major New Jersey cellular suppliers. Any motorist with a cellular phone can expedite aid to disabled vehicles by simply dialing the appropriate number. Callers should note the nearest mile marker, the direction of travel and a description of the vehicle.
About 4.6 million motorists are expected to use the Turnpike between Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4, and 5.2 million motorists are expected to use the Parkway during the same four days.
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