The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is providing sixty police departments, including ten from Somerset County, each with a $5,000 grant as part of their $300,000-campaign aimed at a statewide crack down on distracted driving.
According to a press release from the Office of the Attorney General, the campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's nationwide effort against distracted driving.
“Distracted driving is without a doubt a major threat to everyone on or near the road in New Jersey,” said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman in the press release. “Drivers should be focused on one task: driving. Texting, talking or playing games on a smart phone are an unwelcome and unsafe distraction. The dangers of driver inattention are staggering, placing drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike in harm’s way. This initiative is a needed boost to law enforcement, whose presence on the road positively impacts the driving behaviors of the public.”
The press release states that unfunded police departments will also be participating in the program which coincides with Distracted Driving Awareness Month and is set to run from April 1 to April 21.
See the full list of participating agencies here.