FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - If you get caught driving while texting it will cost you time, money, and possibly worse. 

“Texting and driving is illegal and dangerous yet we see it happen all the time,” Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a statement. “During the month of April, there will be increased law enforcement efforts to enforce distracted driving laws. If you text while driving, you will pay.”

Franklin is participating with other law enforcement agencies in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, looking for distracted drivers as part of a campaign called U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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“Do the right thing—put your phone away when you get behind the wheel. Save yourself the embarrassment and expense of getting pulled over—or more importantly, maybe save someone’s life,” Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kerns III said in a statement.

According to NHTSA, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. A 9% increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year. 

“Texting and driving is a choice, and when you make that choice, you not only endanger yourself, but your passengers and other vehicles around you," President of the Somerset County Chiefs of Police Association William Parenti said in a statement. 

People can learn more about distracted driving at www.distraction.gov. Community groups can request a 45-60 minute informational presentation by contacting Christopher Rokicki at the Somerset County Prosecutors Office, by email at rokicki@co.somerset.nj.us.

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