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Posted on: March 30, 2018


Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association has posted the following:  

  U Drive U Text U Pay State Campaign 


Distracted driving has become one of the most common reasons for vehicle crashes on America’s roads. That’s why the Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association supports the
U Drive. U Text. U Pay Distracted Driving 2018 Statewide Crackdown.

From April 1 to 21, 2018, officers will be on high alert to catch distracted drivers and enforce distracted-driving laws. The purpose of the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted enforcement during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month.

Nineteen Monmouth County municipal police departments received grants of $6,600 each from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety to fund extra patrols.

The Association is committed to ensuring the safety of our residents and the motoring public and recognizes that traffic safety enforcement and education is one of the core responsibilities of your local police departments. Whether or not they received grants, all Monmouth County police departments will step up enforcement of New Jersey’s distracted driving laws.

According to NHTSA, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Nearly one-tenth of all fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-affected. Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. According to NHTSA, young drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.

“We can’t say it enough: distracted driving is a life or death issue,” said Rumson Chief Scott Paterson, MCPCA president. “What people need to understand is how dangerous it is to take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and concentration off the task of driving safely. It only takes a few seconds for a child to run into the street or for you to drive through a red light or stop sign and crash, potentially killing someone or yourself. That’s why during April, you will see an increased police presence on the roadways, and anyone who is caught texting and driving, will pay.”

Remember these safety tips as you drive, and spread the message to your friends and family members:
• If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text.
• Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
• Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
• Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your final destination.
Texting while driving is dangerous, and getting caught can be expensive and embarrassing. Save face, your money, and maybe save a life—your text message can wait. Remember: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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