Distracted Driving Detail Begins April 1

Mar 27, 2019
Courtesy of: Harvey Cedars Police Department

The Harvey Cedars Police Department will crack down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s “UDrive, UText, UPay” enforcement campaign.

Chief Robert Burnaford said that from April 1 through April 21, the high-visibility initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

Violators face a first-time fine of $200 to $400. Second offense is $400 to $600.

“Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” said Eric Heitmann, director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

Heitman said driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 52 percent of the state’s crashes in 2015. Driver inattention was in fact listed as a contributing factor in crashes at a rate of nine times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor (speed).

We hope drivers will use common sense and not allow themselves to get distracted,” said Burnaford. “It only takes a few seconds of inattention to cause a traffic accident.”  —E.E.

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