Acting Attorney General John Hoffman: Distracted drivers on the rise in NJ

While the overall number of crashes on New Jersey roads has fallen, the portion attributed to distracted driving has risen. Experts say the biggest offenders are young drivers. (4/14/14)

EDISON - Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says the number of distracted drivers is growing in New Jersey.

While the overall number of crashes on New Jersey roads has fallen, the portion attributed to distracted driving has risen. Experts say the biggest offenders are young drivers.

"Driver distraction is the single biggest contributor to crashes in New Jersey as compared to any other contributing factor," said Hoffman.

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The acting attorney general says the monthlong “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign aims to reverse the upward trend.

Police have given out 3,000 tickets to distracted drivers since the campaign’s inception. Drivers will face a $100 fine for a first offense if caught holding a cellphone while driving. Starting in July, that fine will rise and range from $200 to $400.

Officials remind drivers that even hands-free conversations can be distracting. The best advice is to pull over before taking a call.

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