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Middlesex Law Enforcement Kickoff Distracted-Driving Crackdown In Woodbridge

A press event will be held Wednesday in Woodbridge to mark the beginning of a distracted-driver crackdown in Middlesex County.

Police throughout New Jersey are in the midst of a three-week mobilization to crackdown on distracted drivers, using $300,000 in grant money from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety to fund increased patrols and checkpoints.

 Through April 21, drivers talking and texting on their phones are the focus of this new statewide initiative by law enforcement agencies called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”

Sixty police departments have received $5,000 each and many more agencies are expected to participate unfunded in the new program.

Agencies in Middlesex and Somerset counties received the most funding: $50,000 each. The municipalities receiving the funding in Middlesex County are: Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Sayreville, South Brunswick, Spotswood and Woodbridge.

Robert Albert Hornyak April 02, 2014 at 10:36 AM
And what about the police officers i see driving and talking on the cell phone without a hands free device?
Erik Wood April 02, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Text and Drive recently became the #1 killer of teens in the US - more lethal than drunk driving. I think its starting to become clear that legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I also read that over 3/4 of teens text daily - many text more than 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook - even with their professors. Tweens (ages 9 -12) send texts to each other from their bikes. Technology needs to be part of the solution and not dismissed as the villain. I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a texting asset called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected. This software is a social messaging tool for the end user that also empowers this same individual to be a sustainably safer driver. Erik Wood, owner OTTER apps (Since 2010. Free)
Mother of 2 April 02, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Robert- I agree with you. Conveniently, police officers are exempt from this law (I have retired law enforcement in my family, & even they find that ridiculous). On NJ.com, they had a similar article. However, they noted in it that the police had undercover decoys, & when they saw someone drive by using their phone, they notified the regular cop cars. At that point, when the said offender drove up to where the cops were, they were signaled to pull into the adjacent parking lot & were then issued tickets.

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