If you're still yakking or texting with your cell phone or hand-held device while you're driving, police in Monmouth County's Ocean Township say they'll spot you - and the interaction will be somewhat less than pleasant.

New Jersey has created tougher penalties for motorists who use a handheld cell phone while driving. (Flickr User Jim Legans, Jr.)

Police there are taking a zero-tolerance stand on distracted driving, and will amp up their patrols all during their month-long Summer Traffic Safety Initiative.

Law enforcement officials say that August characteristically brings high traffic volume, busier roads, increased aggression behind the wheel and more crashes - many of which they attribute to unsafe driving habits.

Police will pursue all types of road offenses, but they'll place special emphasis on distraction-related and hazardous violations.