Ocean City police to crack down on distracted driving

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Ocean City police to crack down on distracted driving Ocean City police to crack down on distracted driving

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City police will be increasing enforcement on distracted driving as part of a new national campaign “UDrive. UText. UPay.”, the department announced this week.

Beginning April l and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will target motorists who engage in distracted driving behaviors such as talking on cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year thousands of people are killed in distracted driving related crashes and nearly a half million people are injured.”

Despite the fact that using a cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread. In a 2013 survey conducted by the FDU PublicMind Poll for the Division of Highway Traftic Safety, 72 percent of respondents said they “very often” see people driving and talking on a hand held cell phone. Forty percent of respondents said they “very often” see drivers texting.

April is National Distracted Driving Month.

The campaign is modeled after similar successful enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 


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