East Windsor Township Kicks Off Grant Funded Distracted Driver Campaign
Published on Apr 08, 2019 at 07:55a.m.
Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township has kicked off a pro-active Distracted Driver campaign to run April 1 through April 21, underwritten by a $5,500 NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant. The “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” grant is for enforcement of distracted driving violations, such as texting, using a cell phone, and using other electronic devices while driving.
According to Mayor Mironov, “This initiative is geared to promote the responsible operation of motor vehicles for everyone through increased public awareness and education, as well as enforcement of distracted driving laws. Motorists should put their phones away while driving and give their full attention to the road, to do their part to help keep our roadways safe. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of behavior as using cell phones and texting while driving. We urge all motorists to commit to the safe operation of their vehicles by pledging to not use electronic devices while driving.”
Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior to engage in, and is responsible for the deaths of 3,166 people nationally in 2017 alone. In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 51% of all motor vehicle accidents in 2017. Additionally, it is the youngest and most inexperienced drivers that are most at risk, with 10% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under the age of 20, according to distraction.gov, the US government official website for distracted driving.
Mayor Janice S. Mironov and the police department kick off "U Drive, U Text, U Pay" Campaign. Pictured (from left to right) are: Police Officer Gregory Hager; Police Officer Sebastian Marin; Mayor Janice S. Mironov; Police Sergeant Ryan Ballard, and Police Officer Michael Greco.