LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police Department announced on Wednesday that they will join law enforcement officers from across the state as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign.
The campaign, which is a high visibility law enforcement initiative, will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.
“Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.”
The campaign will run from April 1 until April 21, whereas the month of April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council.
“Coordinated enforcement programs like UDrive. UText. UPay. are significant in our efforts to realize safer roadways,” said Linden Police Chief David Hart. “Dedicated patrols conducting targeted enforcement is our best hope to stop this dangerous behavior and we could not sustain these efforts without support from campaigns like this.”
The New Jersey campaign is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement programs such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.