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$5K Grant for Cops to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

Three-week initiative will take place in April.

For the first three weeks of April, Washington Township police will be out in full force putting the brakes on distracted drivers.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the police department can bolster its squad from April 1 to 21 to crack down on motorists who engage in “dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving,” according to Lt. Doug Compton.

The slogan of the campaign is “UDrive. UText. UPay.”

Despite using a hand-held device while driving being illegal in New Jersey, a 2013 survey by the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll showed 72-percent of those surveyed “very often” see people driving and talking on a cell phone. Forty-percent of those surveyed said they very often see other motorists texting.

April is National Distracted Driving Month. The UDrive. UText. UPay. campaign is modeled after the annual Click It or Ticket campaign.  

Enough already March 19, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Meanwhile, Domino is screaming "Where are the cops?" when some kid gets mangled in a car wreck from driving and texting.
Domino March 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Not true. I'd be looking for an ambulance. The cops are probably all focused on an 18 year old that they pulled over .
Enough already March 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM
You're right. Because 18 year old adults NEVER commit crimes.
Peace March 19, 2014 at 01:04 PM
I see people on their phones all the time talking and driving, including police officers. I think police officers should lead by example. I think our township's has a great police force and this comment is not directed at Washington township, but driving through many towns I see officers driving and talking on their phones. Heck, in NYC I saw a couple dump their garbage in the street and take off. Disturbing as I think professionals need to lead by example and oftentimes that's not the case.
12345678 March 19, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I agree with hookerman and Domino. This is a ridiculous grant.

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