North Plainfield distracted driving sting warns drivers to put down phones to prevent accidents

Officers in North Plainfield set up a traffic operation Monday to crack down on distracted driving along Route 22. Police say 3,300 lives were lost

Police say 3,300 lives were lost last year

Police say 3,300 lives were lost last year due to drivers who weren't completely focused on the road. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NORTH PLAINFIELD - Officers in North Plainfield set up a traffic operation Monday to crack down on distracted driving along Route 22.

Police say 3,300 lives were lost last year due to drivers who weren't completely focused on the road. Chief William Parenti says in North Plainfield, this amounts to 30 to 35 percent of accidents.

A large sign was posted with flashing lights to warn drivers to put their phones down. Those who didn't were pulled over a few hundred feet past the sign.

Police pulled over six drivers within the first hour. A first-offense ticket will cost $130.

The program will continue at different locations in North Plainfield throughout the month.

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