MI police agencies to increase patrols for distracted driving this month

Credits Curtis Leeds  TAPinto Flemington file

Credits Curtis Leeds TAPinto Flemington file

The "Move Over" is the law and as part of the Distracted Driving month there will be more officers on the road and if you are driving distracted or don't move over you'll probably be caught.

Distracted driving fines in New Jersey range from $200 to $400 for a first offense, and can lead to a license suspension beyond a third offense.

Red Bank Police are cracking down on distracted driving.

They urge drivers to keep their eyes on the road and encourage other people to do the same.

"Distracted driving is reported as a factor in almost 200 fatalities in Maryland every year", said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, who also serves as Governor Larry Hogan's Highway Safety Representative.

The distracted driving enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by IDOT, according to the releases.

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Focusing while driving is one of MDOT MVA's 2019 Top Ten Safety Resolutions. Police are warning drivers that if they drive while using a phone, they will be ticketed. Police also issued 6,538 speeding tickets and 5,712 seat belt citations during the targeted enforcement.

"Distracted driving is a threat to public safety". According to NHTSA data since 2007, drivers between ages 16 and 24 use handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates compared to older drivers. Said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police.

New Jersey is one of only four states nationally (along with Maine, Connecticut, and Oregon) to qualify for and receive an NHTSA grant funding to combat distracted driving.

All New Jersey police departments are invited to take part in the campaign, whether they received grant funding or not. Distracted driving was blamed for 100,687 of the crashes, with 444 fatalities and 2,889 serious injuries reported.

Although state officials say that texting while driving is the "most alarming distraction", it adds that, "All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety".

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