MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ -  U Drive, U Text, U Pay is a nationwide enforcement campaign focused on keeping distracted drivers off the road. From April 1 - April 21, Police Officers from the Morris County Park Police Department will be cracking down on motorists with a highly visible initiative. The initiative will target drivers who are engaging in dangerous behaviors such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages while driving.

“My Officers are encouraged to be on the look-out for these violations year-round, but we will be especially vigilant during the month of April. Drivers can consider this their warning,” said Chief Gabe DiPietro of the Morris County Park Police Department.

Using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, however the practice of doing these behaviors continues. In a recent survey conducted by the FDU Public Mind Poll for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 67% of respondents said they “very often” see people driving and talking on a hand held cell phone. Forty-two percent of respondents said they “very often” see driver’s texting.

“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.”