New Initiative Cracks Down On Distracted Drivers - My9 New Jersey

New Initiative Cracks Down On Distracted Drivers

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West Milford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the majority of road deaths in the Garden State, particularly among young people, are caused by driver distractions-like cellphones.

So, what does that mean for New Jersey residents and dozens of police agencies across the state starting now? A crackdown on unsafe driving practices and distractions!

The town of West Milford, New Jersey in Passaic County is part of the new safety initiative and the enforcement of the plan will now fall on the West Milford Police department says Captain Richard Fiorella.

“I would hope that the campaign in and of itself would dissuade people from using cellphones while they’re driving. And if that works, that’s a huge accomplishment,” he explained.

But let’s face it, New Jersey drivers are no strangers to hiding their mobile-phone-use while driving their car. By keeping the device down low and out of sight, drivers often get away with checking their Twitter feed, Facebook accounts, emails and texts while on the move. So how is this new initiative supposed to work when police may have a tough time enforcing the law, and more importantly, proving it?

“We would have the burden with our prosecutor in court to prove or make our case that this incident occurred,” Captain Fiorella concluded.

Statewide, the federal money for the program totals about $300,000. Most of that money will get spent on police overtime, with about $4,000 going to West Milford alone.

The problem with distracting drivers may be worse than people think, recent statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration show that 660,000 drivers are on a cellphone at any given moment.


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