SPARTA. NJ - Fortunately no one was seriously injured when a distracted driver hit a Sussex County Technical High School student as he was walking in the crosswalk on White Lake Road. On March 11 around 7:30 a.m. the 17-year-old from Lafayette was hit by Jena Fisher, 38 of Hamburg, according to police.

The student refused medical treatment but was “bruised and sore on the whole side of his body later,” his mother said.

Fischer told police her windshield was fogged up and she was trying to get it cleared off when she hit the boy.  She was given tickets for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and careless driving, police said.

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Sparta Police are about halfway through a campaign of stepped up patrols aimed at cracking down on distracted driving.  The most obvious form of distraction these days comes from the cell phone- texting, calling. Police list other common activities that endanger the driver, passenger and bystanders including;

  • eating and drinking,
  • talking to passengers,
  • grooming
  • using a navigation system,
  • reading, including maps,
  • watching a video,
  • adjusting the radio.

Texting, however, is by far the most alarming distraction, according to police because it requires the driver to look at the phone, manipulate the phone and concentrate on the text rather than on driving.

According to information from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, distracted driving is a “dangerous epidemic on New Jersey’s roadways,” being cited as a major contributing factor in nearly 800,000 car crashes in the state from 2012 to 2016.

The U Drive, U Text, U Pay campaign combines the efforts of local police departments with advertising to educate the driving public and cut down on distracted driver accidents.  Police efforts will include roving police patrols, spotters on highways and stationary police cars prominently places in strategic locations according to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

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