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Police in New Jersey Targeting Distracted Drivers for Three Weeks in April as Part of National Crackdown

Police in New Jersey Targeting Distracted Drivers for Three Weeks in April as Part of National Crackdown
BY ZACH HOSSEINI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Beginning today (April 1), police throughout New Jersey will be targeting distracted drivers as part of a nationwide enforcement campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.,” which seeks to stop one of the most dangerous habits that motorists display.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety has awarded $5,000 to 38 police departments for the initiative and many more agencies are expected to participate unfunded. The campaign runs through April 21. The crackdowns are similar in scope to the “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” mobilizations, which have targeted impaired driving and seat belt usage, respectively. The campaign is part of a nationwide effort, which was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will coincide with nationally-observed Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“The dangers of driver inattention are staggering, placing drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike in harm’s way,” said Acting Attorney General John Hoffman. “Distracted driving is an incredibly significant issue on our roads and one that requires a total commitment from law enforcement to eliminate. To continue to make our roads safer, we must be as aggressive with distracted drivers as we have been with drunk drivers and people who refused to wear seat belts.”

 

National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
BY TOM HESTER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of an...

Ted Cruz Had a Successful Run at Princeton University

Ted Cruz Had a Successful Run at Princeton University
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ted Cruz, the junior Senator from Texas, is the first officially announced Republican Presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

Whatever you may think of the man who...

Journalist David Bird Finally Found, But Why in a River?

Journalist David Bird Finally Found, But Why in a River?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The body of the New Jersey reporter who went out for a walk but never returned has been discovered.

David Bird of Long Hill Township went out for a walk in January 2014 ...

Penn State Sex Scandal: Frat Member Turns in Nude Photos

Penn State Sex Scandal: Frat Member Turns in Nude Photos
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Penn State University is back in the news again; and not for academic reasons.

One of the school’s fraternities has been suspended on allegations of posting photos of nu...

UPDATE: NY Jets Chris Johnson Shot

UPDATE: NY Jets Chris Johnson Shot
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Seven-year NFL veteran and former New York Jets running back Chris Johnson was injured in an incident in Florida on Sunday.

Johnson was shot in the shoulder in a drive-b...

Advocating the Boycott of Arkansas Over Passage of its Anti-Gay Law

Advocating the Boycott of Arkansas Over Passage of its Anti-Gay Law
BY JENNIFER SCIORTINO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – New Jersey Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora and Deputy Conference Leader Tim Eustace on Friday, March 6, called for a nation...

Animal Beat: Sammy’s Hope – Next Best Thing to Home?

Animal Beat: Sammy’s Hope – Next Best Thing to Home?
BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In an ideal world, there would be no animal shelters. Homeless animals would simply not exist -- they would all live in their “forever loving homes,” as an...

Is Illinois Governor Doing Chris Christie a Favor?

Is Illinois Governor Doing Chris Christie a Favor?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hey, New Jersey is getting some notice from another state. The trouble is, it’s not in a good way.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a man who Gov. Christie campaigned for las...

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