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New Jersey
Population: 8,590,300

In 2003, NHTSA reports 1 fatality by pursuit crashes in New Jersey; this death was an innocent victim.

New Jersey State Police

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National Association of Police Organizations

National Sheriffs' Association

Reported Deaths
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reports on fatalities due to violent pursuit crashes, click here.

2003 NHTSA report by state, click here.
2002 NHTSA report by state, click here.
1992 through 2001 NHTSA reports by state, click here.

New Jersey's Laws Governing Police Vehicular Pursuit
Officer Accountability:
New Jersey has a statewide pursuit policy. New Jersey officers are required to follow their pursuit policy and law enforcement agencies are held accountable when officers do not follow the policy. According to Jim Phillips, president of PursuitWatch, "The New Jersey policy is better than the majority of the policies in the United States because at least officers do not pursue for traffic violations and misdemeanors."
Many cities have already limited police chases to only the most violent felonies.  Their vehicular pursuit policies clearly state that public safety comes first, especially when the criminal can be caught later so the public
and officers are not in harm's way.

New Jersey Police Vehicular Pursuit Policy

New Jersey's Penalties for Fleeing
Research in progress

New Jersey's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress

Pending New Jersey Legislation on Police Pursuits
Information will be provided as it becomes available.

Media reports on New Jersey pursuits

New Jersey's Case Laws on Police Pursuits
Research in progress


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