If you have been to a government building today, you may be wondering why the flag in front of it is flying at half staff. Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all state institutions to lower their flags to half staff in honor of a New Jersey police officer who was killed during a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance.
According to a recent report from the New Jersey State Police, there were 556 deaths on New Jersey roads in 2010. While this is an inexcusably high number, there is one bright spot: the number of car accident fatalities in 2010 was the lowest since the 1940s.
In a recent ranking of all 50 U.S. states, New Jersey fell in the bottom 10 states in terms of the percentage of nursing home patients who develop bedsores or are hospitalized for an injury or illness related to their nursing home care. If New Jersey had the level of care of the highest-ranking state, the report indicates, approximately 6,000 hospitalizations that are the result of nursing home neglect or abuse could be avoided every year.
A New Jersey volunteer firefighter was recently injured in a head on collision while responding to a fire call in Old Tappan, a borough in Bergen County. Ultimately, the call was deemed a false alarm.
A New Jersey State Police trooper who allegedly caused a car accident in March along the Camden County Highway has been indicted for drunk driving.
Last month, we wrote about the tragic car crash that took the lives of four members of a New Jersey high school football team. In the wake of that fatal car accident, state lawmakers may be looking to strengthen the state's graduated driver's license law.
Earlier this week, a New Jersey police officer lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. The officer, who was a member of the police force in Hamilton Township, approximately 70 miles south of Bergen County, was not on duty when the fatal motorcycle crash occurred.
Usually, when high school students, parents and supporters gather at a New Jersey high school, they do so to cheer on a school sports team, see a school play, or support another academic or extracurricular achievement. And this is how it should be. Young people should gather to celebrate their accomplishments, not to mourn fellow students who have been taken much too soon.
The relatives of a man who died in a New Jersey hospital after allegedly being poisoned by his wife have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and the pharmaceutical company that employed his wife. The defendants are accused of allowing the man's wife continued access to both the fatal drug and the man, and in doing so, of negligently causing his death.
For most New Jersey children, the new school year starts in a matter of weeks, so families who are hoping to squeeze in one last summer adventure had better do it soon. And as the cost of airplane tickets remains high, many families will turn to a great American tradition: the road trip.