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Ocean City Police Join National Crackdown on Distracted Driving

The High Visibility Law Enforcement Initiative cracks down on distracted drivers, including those who are talking on hand held cellphones and texting while driving.

Ocean City Police will participate in the national crackdown on texting and talking while driving in April. (Patch file photo)
Ocean City Police will participate in the national crackdown on texting and talking while driving in April. (Patch file photo)
The Ocean City Police Department is joining a national initiative that targets distracted drivers.

The High Visibility Law Enforcement Initiative cracks down on distracted drivers, including those who are talking on hand held cellphones and texting while driving. The initiative takes place from April 1-21.

"Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways," Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety Gary Poedubicky said in a statement issued Monday afternoon.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that thousands of people are killed and nearly half a million people are injured in distracted driving related crashes each year.

Talking on a hand held cellphone and texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey. However, 72 percent of respondents in a 2013 Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind Poll survey conducted for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety said they very often see people driving while talking on a hand held cellphone. Additionally, 40 percent said they very often see drivers texting.

April is National Distracted Driving Month. The High Visibility Law Enforcement Initiative is modeled after similar campaigns, including "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

This campaign's motto is "UDrive, UText, UPay."


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