CLARK, NJ – Distracted driving is the target of a month-long stepped-up enforcement effort, the Clark Police Department announced via its Facebook page on Thursday.
Called a “dangerous epidemic” by the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, distracted driving has been cited as a major contributing factor in over 817,000 motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey from 2010 to 2014.
Clark Police will participate in the nationwide “U Drive.U Text. U Pay.” enforcement campaign throughout the month of April. The campaign combines anti-texting enforcement with public education. Enforcement strategies include roving police patrols, spotters on highway overpasses, and stationary police vehicles prominently placed at strategic locations, according to program materials.
“Be aware that all cellphone violations come with a mandatory court appearance and will be sure to affect your insurance premiums,” Clark police warned.
Distracted driving, defined as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” includes:
- 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
Texting is considered the most dangerous distraction because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention.
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