LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police Department is cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of the new statewide UDrive. UText. UPay. campaign.
Additional officers in the city will be deployed to aggressively target distracted drivers using their phones without a hands free device.
Driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 52 percent of automobile accidents in New Jersey during 2015. It was a contributing factor in crashes at a rate nine times higher than the next highest contributing factor, speed.
This initiative began on April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who use hand held phones, send text messages while driving, and engage in other dangerous distracted driving behaviors.
The National Safety Council has designated the month of April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 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.