I don't know about you, but I've definitely noticed more police on my daily Garden State Parkway commute to the office here in Toms River.

And, it's not me being paranoid, it's a targeted enforcement program that law enforcement agencies across the state want you to notice.

It's all a part of the state's "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." program to crack down on distracted driving.

It's a topic that I've written about many, many times, and something that I see literally every single day - drivers texting away while doing 70 down the Parkway.

When reading up on the program, I was shocked to learn that over half of New Jersey car crashes in 2016 were because of driver inattention.

Actually, I take that back. I'm not shocked to learn that, but I am shocked that we've gotten to a point where so many drivers think that it's ok to take their attention off the road to send messages, talk on the phone, and even groom themselves.

Yes, all of those things are considered "driver inattention" by the State of New Jersey.

So before you send that message, eat that slice of pizza, or read that Facebook notification, remember - police will be looking for exactly that, and it'll cost you if they catch you.

Photo via nj.gov

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