MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Police are reminding motorists to not be a "distracted driver".
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways, say police. Statistics from the Office of the Attorney General show that from 2012 to 2016, nearly 800,000 vehicles crashed in New Jersey that involved a distracted driver. In New Jersey, driver inattention remains the most significant cause of fatal and incapacitating crashes. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a person's attention away from driving. These 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
“The real tragedy of distracting driving fatalities is that they are so easily preventable. All it takes is for drivers to keep their minds on their driving and their hands on the wheel,” said Eric Heitmann, director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Our campaign encourages drivers to put down the phone and focus on the important matter of what lies ahead – literally and figuratively. In doing so, they will be taking control of their own destinies and protecting those of all others on the road.”
To further commemorate National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, New Jersey law enforcement will participate in the annual “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign, a national distracted driving enforcement effort sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Starting April 1, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will join agencies across the country in a three-week high-visibility enforcement campaign targeting drivers who are texting, talking on hand-held cell phones or engaging in similarly risky behaviors that take their attention from the road. The campaign will run through April 30, 2021.
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