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South Brunswick Crackdown On Distracted Driving Nets 170 Summonses

South Brunswick Police released the results of the national “Udrive…Utext…Upay” campaign to crack down on distracted drivers in April.

South Brunswick Police Department was provided with grant money which allowed twenty-four shifts of four hour details. These details primarily focused on the morning and evening rush hours from April 1stto April 21st.

Police issued 170 summons. The breakdown was as follows; 67 for motorists being on a cell phone, 4 for driving with a suspended license, 13 for careless driving, 4 for speeding, and 88 for other motor vehicle violations.

Chief Raymond Hayducka said the campaign was meant to address an increase in distracted driving, specifically cell phone usage. In a 2013 survey conducted by the FDU PublicMind Poll for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 72% of respondents said they “very often” see people driving and talking on a hand held cell phone. 40% of respondents said they “very often” see driver’s texting.

Chief Hayducka cited the campaign as a success in decreasing cell phone usage. “The focus was to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The media attention and enforcement decreased the number of motorists our officers observed on cell phones. Our goal is safety and this campaign helped us advance that effort,” said Hayducka.

sqd66 May 07, 2014 at 03:26 PM
I always said something needs to be done about it when I see every other driver texting these days and I am glad something is actually being done. Not sure if this will stop the offenders but might make them think twice about using their phones while driving. Nothing is so important that it can't wait.
Concerned Citizen May 08, 2014 at 08:03 AM
It's a shame that the police department needs a grant in order to enforce the law. People text and talk while driving 12 months out of the year. How about ensuring the public's safety by going after these people every day, and not just for a 3 week period? It really is amazing how these laws are not enforced, especially when people blatantly text and talk with police within sight of them, and the police choose to ignore it. Texting while driving is, in my opinion, just as bad as drunk driving, if not worse.

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