RED BANK, NJ: Driving and got your head down texting on your phone?

It will cost you.

Beginning tomorrow, April 1, the Red Bank Police Department as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay enforcement campaign will be cracking down on distracted drivers.

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Motorists will be targeted in this high visibility law enforcement initiative who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

The numbers tell the story.

2,841 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on our nation’s roads and an estimated 400,000 people were injured in 2018.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2018 alone, 2,841 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on our nation’s roads and an estimated 400,000 people were injured.

Listed as a contributing factor in NJ, was driver inattention which was 7 times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor, speed.

What will it cost you?

  • Drivers who use a hand-held cell phone while driving face a fine of up to $400 for a first offense and $600 on a second offense
  • For third and subsequent offenses, a driver could be fined up to $800, lose driving privileges for 90 days and receive three license points
  • Drivers who are driving while distracted and cause accidents leading to serious harm or death can be prosecuted and face prison time and fines up to $150,000, pursuant to N.J.S.A. Section 39:4-97.3

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