DISTRACTED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO BE CARRIED OUT LOCALLY AS PART OF NEW
NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING ENFORCMENT CAMPAIGN
APRIL 1ST – APRIL 21ST 2014
Law enforcement officers from the Boonton Township Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national distracted driving enforcement campaign.
Beginning on April 1st and running through April 21st, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.
The slogan of the national campaign is UDRIVE, UTEXT, UPAY.
“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year thousands of people are killed in distracted driving related crashes and nearly half a million people are injured.”
Despite the fact that using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread. In a 2013 survey conducted by the FDU Public Mind Poll for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 72% of respondents said that they “very often” see people driving and talking of a hand-held cell phone. 40% of respondents said they “very often” see driver’s texting.
The Campaign is being carried out during the month of April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. The campaign is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Boonton Township Police Hires New Officer
On January 6, 2014 Boonton Township Police Department swore in their new officer. Police Officer Zachary Lancaster, began his law enforcement career with the Essex County Deputy Sheriffs, before being hired by the Harding Police Department as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer. Police Officer Lancaster will be attending classes at ther Morris County Police Academy to become a PTC certified Police Officer. Officer Lancaster will also be assigned to a Field Training Officer and begin his training here in Boonton Township.