Berlin-Cross Keys Rd. Speed Limit Reduced
Berlin Cross Keys Road Gets a Speed Limit Reduction
The Gloucester Township Police Department and Winslow Township Police Department partnered together to lower the speed limit on Berlin-Cross Keys Road from 50 mph to 45 mph. The new 45 mph speed limit signs were installed this past week and take effect immediately. Berlin-Cross Keys Road was previously designated as having a 45 mph speed limit within Washington Township and Monroe Township’s jurisdictions.
Berlin-Cross Keys Road has seen an increase in traffic volume over the past few years due to new business construction. A recent traffic volume survey conducted by the Delaware Regional Planning Commission found that approximately 15,000 vehicles travel on Berlin-Cross Keys Road in Gloucester Township each day. The lowering of the speed limit on Berlin-Cross Keys Road was just one facet of the multi-jurisdictional Cross Keys Road Joint Safe Passage Initiative that was formed in March 2011. The initiative involves six police departments joining in a multi-county/ multi-jurisdictional collaborative effort to enhance traffic safety along the Berlin-Cross Keys Road corridor between the White Horse Pike and the Black Horse Pike. Other safety efforts include enhanced enforcement of distracted driving laws, DWI Enforcement, an analysis of traffic crashes, and educational initiatives to assist drivers in understanding their role in improving traffic safety. Since the initiative began, the Gloucester Township Police Department has a seen a 25% decrease in motor vehicle crashes over a twelve month period.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. Speed is involved in about one out of three fatal crashes each year. Additionally, in 2010 data released by the New Jersey State Police, 83 of the 530 fatal motor vehicle crashes were attributed to unsafe speed.