The Barnegat Township Police Department has announced on their Facebook page that they will be taking part in a statewide initiative to combat distracted driving for the month of April, also known as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”.

It’s known as the “UDrive. UText. UPay.” statewide enforcement campaign. The Barnegat Township Police made it clear that they will not tolerate any sort of distracted driving next month.

The initiative starts on April 1st and lasts until April 21st, and it’s aimed at drivers that exhibit distracted driving behaviors from texting or talking on the phone.

The Center For Disease Control estimates that eight people die, and 1,161 people are injured from crashes involving distracted driving every day in the United States. The research goes on to say that 69% of people sampled have admitted to talking on the cell phone while driving a vehicle within the last 30 days of the survey.  In another survey, 31% of people sampled admitted to texting while driving a vehicle within the last 30 days of taking the survey.

The Barnegat Township Police Department also notes that while cellular usage while driving is illegal, it still seems to be widespread.