Trenton, New Jersey is the capital of the Garden State and is part of Mercer County, in the central area of the state. In 1790, Trenton was given the distinction of becoming New Jersey’s state capital. Current U.S. Census records have the estimated 2008 population as a 3% loss since the last official count in 2000 or currently 82,883 down from 85,403.
The western portion of Mercer County is dominated by greater Trenton, the political hub of New Jersey, serving as both the county seat and the capital of New Jersey. Trenton, once a major manufacturing center, now sees state government as the city’s major employer. Trenton is located on New Jersey’s border with Pennsylvania. Several bridges cross the Delaware River: the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge, Lower Trenton Bridge and the Calhoun Street Bridge, connecting Trenton to Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
Sitting in the middle of the Philadelphia-New York City corridor, Interstate 295, Interstate 195 and Interstate 95 serve Trenton. Just outside Trenton is where Interstate 95 abruptly ends at the interchange with U.S. 1 and I-295 in Lawrence Township and becomes I-295 south. This change causes confusion among motorists not familiar with the area. New Jersey Routes 1, 29, 31 and 130 also serve the capital region.
Though recently upgraded, Route 29 in Trenton presents fundamental dangers to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. This roadway is a high-speed, urban freeway that passes through the center of densely populated residential neighborhoods and accidents are frequent occurrences.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, twenty-two people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Mercer County during 2009. Eight fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and six pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. When a severe personal injury or death occurs as a result of a Mercer County vehicle accident, the victim’s family also suffers, with emotional and economic burdens that may last for years afterward.
Trenton residents have several options for healthcare: the Capital Health Regional Medical Center and the St. Francis Medical Center. The Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton has the region’s only trauma center and state designated regional perinatal center and operates the mobile intensive care unit and psychiatric emergency screening center serving all of Mercer County. Designated trauma centers care for severely injured patients as well as victims of accident types known to be associated with a high risk for injury. Trauma patients include persons involved in motor vehicle crashes, falls and assaults.
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. The Municipal court in Trenton is located at the Main Municipal Court, 225 North Clinton Avenue. The Municipal courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal offenses and municipal ordinance offenses. The trial court in Mercer County is held at the Mercer County Courthouse, 209 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08650. Both criminal and civil cases are heard at the trial court level. Typical civil cases involve contracts, personal injury, automobile accidents, employment and discrimination cases.
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