Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on New Jersey’s roadways, being cited as a major contributing factor in over 817,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state from 2010 to 2014. Nationwide 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2014 alone.
To combat these troubling statistics, law enforcement agencies
throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of
traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists
who text and drive.
This effort is a part of the national U Drive.
U Text. U Pay high-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaign that
combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled
with advertising and media outreach to let people know about
the enforcement and convince them to obey the law. U Drive.
U Text. U Pay enforcement strategies include roving police
patrols, spotters on highway overpasses, and stationary police
vehicles prominently placed at strategic locations.
Historically, the most effective tool used to change driver
behavior are targeted law enforcement campaigns, like Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket. Since their
inception, these two initiatives have resulted in significant
reductions in impaired driving and gains in seat belt usage,
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s
attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions
endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
of distractions include:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and
cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming