April 2014 Distracted Driving Month
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012 a total of 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving crashes. Studies have shown that the distraction of a cell phone, whether hand-held or hands free, can extend a persons reaction time by as much as having a .08% blood alcohol content. People who use cell phones in their vehicles are four times more likely to be in a crash serious enough to cause injury to themselves or others, and drivers who text while driving are up to 23 times more likely to get into a crash.
April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Law enforcement authorities and traffic safety advocates across the country will focus on educating the driving public to the dangers and risks of distracted driving. In Somerset County, our law enforcement community has been vigilant throughout the past several years as it continues the successful Put It Down campaign in support of the national U Drive, U Text, U Pay campaign.
Officers will be out conducting stepped up enforcement through state grants looking for drivers who choose to disregard the dangers as they continue to use their electronic devices while driving, said North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti, President of the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police.
New Jersey Law prohibits the use of electronic communications devices unless they are hands free. Drivers using hands free devices must exercise caution when doing so. Holders of Driving Permits or Probationary Drivers Licenses are prohibited from using any interactive electronic device whether hands free or not. In 2012 the New Jersey legislators created a law making it a criminal offense to cause serious injury or death while using a handheld device. Violators of the criminal law could spend up to 10 years in prison and be fined up to $150,000.
All driversparticularly those navigating our crowded roads in New Jersey--need to make smart choices. If reading or sending a text or answering or making a call is necessary, pull off the roadway and do it safely, said Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, It can take a fraction of a second for tragedy to strike, but the consequences can last a lifetime.
Drivers are urged to make those smart choices and change risky behavior. Turn the phone off while driving or place it in the backseat, trunk or glove box until you get where you are going. If we modify our behavior, we can work together to reduce the number of tragedies.
Be part of the solution and spread the message: PUT IT DOWN.
At the March 10, 2014 Manville Borough Council meeting, Detective Craig Jeremiah was promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Jeremiah is a 14 year veteran of the Manville Police Department having served in the Patrol Division, DARE and the Detective Bureau.
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