New Jersey Cracking Down on Distracted Driving in April, and Not Just for Texting and Driving
April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month in New Jersey, part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 'UDrive. UText. UPay.' campaign. But being 'distracted' is so much more than just texting while driving.
These days, when you think 'distracted driving', you probably think that means texting while driving, or talking with your phone in your hand while driving. But, police in New Jersey consider a bunch of other activities being distractions behind the wheel, and in April they'll be keeping a closer eye on drivers.
In 2019, there were more than 3,000 fatalities in the U.S. traced to accidents where distracted driving was a factor, according to the NHTSA, and more than 400,000 injured.
Starting Friday, April 1st, many police municipalities here in South Jersey, including Evesham Twp., will be on heightened patrol for distracted drivers, and they're unlikely to let you off with just a warning.
'UDrive. UText. UPay.' is meant to send a message to motorists that it only takes a few seconds for a distraction to turn into an accident that hurts you and/or someone else.
Below are a few examples of what police will be watching for during Distracted Driver Awareness Month. Please be careful out there, and pull over to accomplish whatever it is you're trying to do in your vehicle.