Driver using phone hits cop enforcing distracted-driving law

Big Island Now file

Big Island Now file

Law enforcement officers from the Hightstown Police Department and East Windsor Township Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey's UDrive.

Upon impact of the crash Wednesday afternoon, the flyers, printed with the slogan "U Drive". More than a third of their respondents say they still text while they drive, an illegal act in IL since 2010 that will get motorists at least a $120 ticket. ". A life, including yours, could be lost and it can be prevented". The lesson: Pay full attention to the road while driving. Additionally, it is the youngest and most inexperienced drivers that are most at risk, with 10 percent of all crashes involving drivers under the age of 20 attributable to distracted driving.

"This is another unfortunate example of the consequences of these violations", he said.

Moore, who hurt his hand in the collision, was able to get out of his patrol vehicle, a 2015 Ford Explorer, and check on the two passengers in the other auto, a brown 2011 Subaru Legacy, Antunez said. Moore and the Nayvelts were brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune to be treated for pain. The man will be issued citations.

Antunez said Gregory Nayvelt reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of West Farms Road and Casino Drive and continued driving southbound, colliding with Moore's vehicle.

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People who indicated they use their cellphones while driving were more likely to have been in a crash compared to those who said they rarely or never use their phones while driving.

According to the division website, distracted driving "is a unsafe epidemic" on state highways, responsible for more than 817,000 motor vehicle accidents between 2010 and 2014.

Traffic deaths in New Jersey rose from 562 in 2015 to 604 in 2016, mainly because of distracted driving. Previously, calling #77 was for reporting aggressive drivers. The number of distracted drivers involved crashes in Oklahoma increased from 7,470 in 2014 to 8,012 in 2015, the a year ago for which statistics are available. The calls to #77 go to the communications center at state police headquarters in West Trenton where they're routed to local police.

More than one-third of smartphone owners admit to texting while driving and a fourth say they surf the web behind the wheel. One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage.

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