Atlantic City, New Jersey is the shining seaside resort star of the Garden State. Atlantic City is part of Atlantic County and shares Absecon Island with the other oceanfront communities of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. Atlantic City encompasses 11-square miles of land space and is home to 39,258 people according to the estimated U.S. Census of 2008.
Atlantic City saw the birth of casino gambling outside of Nevada back in 1976 with the first casino, Resorts International, in the rebuilt Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel, opening in 1978. Before casino gambling, Atlantic City was known as a seashore resort. From its founding, Atlantic City has always catered to tourists. The city was founded in the late 19th century as a resort destination after railroad companies built track between Absecon Island and Philadelphia. In its early days, Atlantic City catered to urban workers from Philadelphia.
Atlantic City is well-connected to a number of major highways. The Atlantic City Expressway connects Philadelphia and South Jersey and deposits right into the center of town as well as to the Marina district and Brigantine. The expressway has limited access and many straight-aways where people eager to start their vacation tend to speed, thereby increasing their chances of being involved in a serious automobile accident.
The Garden State Parkway intersects the Expressway about 10 miles away from Atlantic City. It connects New York City and Cape May. A slower alternative is U.S. Highway 9. Atlantic City experiences severe traffic congestion on the roadways during the summer months. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Atlantic City Expressway carries an average of 65,000 vehicles per day east of the Garden State Parkway and approximately 50,000 vehicles per day west of the Garden State Parkway.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, forty-three people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Atlantic County during 2009. Eleven fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and twelve pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. When a severe personal injury or death occurs as a result of an Atlantic County vehicle accident, the victim’s family also suffers, with emotional and economic burdens that may last for years afterward.
The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center serves Atlantic City. Patient safety ratings reflect the quality of care at a hospital by measuring how well the hospital prevents potentially avoidable complications such as medical malpractice and adverse events following surgeries and procedures. Healthgrades uses these grades to give the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center the worst mark in ‘the prevention of death in procedures where mortality is usually very low.
The structure of New Jersey’s court system is among the most simple in the nation. The state has only the following types of courts: Municipal courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Atlantic City runs its own municipal court from the city public safety building at 2715 Atlantic Avenue. At this level in the New Jersey Judicial system, this municipal court has jurisdiction over New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicle violations and DWI and DUI offenses. This municipal level court will also hear criminal charges when it pertains to violation of an Atlantic City ordinance.
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