SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department have added patrols as part of the national Distracted Driver campaign with funding from a New Jersey department of Highway Traffic Safety state grant, according to Acting Sparta Township manager Neil Spidaletto at the township council meeting on Tuesday.

The distracted driver is the leading cause of fatal crashes in the state of New Jersey, Spidaletto said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distracted driving is a “deadly epidemic” leading to the death of 3,142 people in 2019, an increase of 10% from the previous year.  Further, from 2012 through 2019 distracted driving was the cause of 26,000 deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages people to take a pledge to "end distracted driving... make the commitment to drive phone-free today."

  • Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
  • Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.

“We encourage all residents to be mindful driving and not texting or doing any other distractive behaviors and focus on the road for their safety, as well as others and pedestrians,” Spidaletto said.

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