Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners declared the Township’s support for the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” distracted driving 2017 crackdown by issuing a proclamation at the public meeting on April 12, 2017.
Law enforcement officers from the North Bergen Police Department are participating in the crackdown on distracted drivers during April as part of a national and local campaign. The initiative targets motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on handheld cell phones and sending text messages while driving.
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 percent of respondents said they “very often” see people driving and talking on a hand held cell phone, while 42 percent of respondents said they “very often” see drivers texting.
The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 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.”