NEW JERSEY – Police around the state will be cracking down on drivers who text or use hand-held cell phones.
UDrive. UText. UPay. will run April 1-21. April is designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council.
“Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” Eric Heitmann, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, said. “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.”
According to law enforcement statistics, 52 percent of crashes name “driver inattention” as a contributing factor, nine times more than the next factor: speed.