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Cinnaminson 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.

The Cinnaminson 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.

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."
Brian N March 27, 2014 at 02:02 PM
You shouldn't garden while holding a cell phone either, just a tip
Mike March 27, 2014 at 02:52 PM
I agree with Melissa, a few months ago while going around the rear of Brothers Pizza I was almost hit by a Cinn. PD officer who was coming around that corner with his cell phone attached to his ear.
Whoisleadingus?? March 27, 2014 at 03:18 PM
@Patrick Henry, I’m not so sure cops are taught to hold a phone while driving? At least my relative wasn’t and neither were any of his station coworkers. The fact of the matter is it is Illegal to text or talk on the phone while driving in NJ. What the police should do is ENFORCE the law. I was sitting at a light behind a cop one day when everyone turning left in front of us was either holding a phone or talking on the phone. I’m serious, out of the 11 cars that turned in front of us, 9 people had a phone in their hands or were talking on the phone. What did the cop do, nothing. I think a solution would be to design cell phones to where they will not send or receive text once the unit is going over 10 mph. People would say then a passenger would not be able to make a call. Shouldn’t the passenger be helping the driver look for potential hazards anyway? The only exception in my opinion would be a 911 call. A cell phone would be able to make a call to that number while going above 10 mph. Just a thought…
John March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Good luck in enforceing the law, as I am writing this there are 2 cinnaminson police man watching the road work on willow drive of course they are off duty and are watching the speeders go by...I believe its part of the water main projects, oh well, life goes on good luck in trying to stop cell phone use...

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