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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Texting Tickets

8-April-2015

   The Bogota police Department will be conducting a texting awareness program until Tuesday 21- April through out the streets of the Borough.


Advisory: U DRIVE, U TEXT, U PAY Enforcement Campaign to run  through April 21st, 2015

    Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on New Jersey’s
roadways. Driver inattention has been a major contributing
factor in nearly 750,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state
since 2009 and nationwide, 3,328 were killed in distracted
driving crashes in 2012 alone.
   To combat these troubling statistics, law enforcement agencies
throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of
traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists
who text and drive. This effort is a part of the national U Drive.
U Text. U Pay high-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaign that
combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled
with advertising and media outreach to let people know about
the enforcement and convince them to obey the law. U Drive.
U Text. U Pay enforcement strategies include roving police
patrols, spotters on highway overpasses, and stationary police
vehicles prominently placed at strategic locations.
    Historically, the most effective tool used to change driver
behavior are targeted law enforcement campaigns, like Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket. Since their
inception, these two initiatives have resulted in significant
reductions in impaired driving and gains in seat belt usage,
respectively.
   Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s
attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions
endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types
of distractions include:
-Texting
-Using a cell phone or smartphone
-Eating and drinking
-Talking to passengers
-Grooming
-Reading, including maps
-Using a navigation system
-Watching a video
-Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
 But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and
cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming
distraction.
 For more information about this program  please contact Bogota Police Department by phone at : 201-487-2400  or by email at: info@bogotapolice.org




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