More traffic fatalities in N.J. last year than in 2015

State police statistics show more than 600 people died in traffic accidents on New Jersey’s roadways last year.

That’s an eight percent increase from the previous year.

NJ.com reports that the data released Tuesday shows 607 people died in 2016, which is 45 more than the 562 deaths recorded in 2015.

More than half of those killed in 2016 were behind the wheel, while 89 were passengers and 167 were pedestrians. Six drivers under the age of 18 died behind the wheel last year, as did 24 people who were 80 or older.

Burlington County saw the most deaths overall with 50.

Traffic experts say driver distractions and driver fatigue are among the causes of the accidents and fatalities.

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