The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s “UDrive. UText. UPay.” enforcement campaign.
Beginning April 1, 2018 and running through April 21, the high-visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors, such as talking on handheld cell phones and sending text messages while driving. Federal grant money will allow the sheriff’s office to put extra officers on the road to target distracted drivers.
Despite the fact that using a handheld cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread. In a recent survey conducted by the FDU PublicMind Poll for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 67% of respondents said they “very often” see people driving and talking on a handheld cell phone, while 42% of respondents said they “very often” see drivers texting.
The month of April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. 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.”