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Township of Hamilton Police
Thursday March 28th, 2019 :: 09:00 a.m. EDT


Distracted Driving Enforcement

Between the dates of April 1st and April 21st, the Township of Hamilton Police Department will be participating in the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety's U Drive. U Text. U Pay. initiative.  Officers will be making visible targeted enforcement of activities which may distract the driver of a motor vehicle.

Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and 1,000 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve distracted drivers. In 2015 alone, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,477 people.

To combat these troubling statistics, law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive. This effort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.

Historically, the most effective tool to change driver behavior is targeted law enforcement campaigns, like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket. Since their inception, these two initiatives have resulted in significant reductions in impaired driving and gains in seat belt usage, respectively.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

- Texting

- Using a cell phone or smartphone

- Eating and drinking

- Talking to passengers

- Grooming

- Reading, including maps

- Using a navigation system

- Watching a video

- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

Township of Hamilton Police
6101 13th St
Hamilton Township, NJ 08330

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-625-2700

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