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Fairview police issue hundreds of tickets for distracted driving

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A major crackdown on distracted driving in Fairview saw officers hand out hundreds of tickets.

The town just wrapped a three-week long initiative to crack down on dangerous and illegal driving behavior.

Police handed out nearly 700 tickets in three weeks, more than 400 were for texting or talking while driving.

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Fairview Police Chief Martin Kahn tells News 12 New Jersey that he admits that the number of summonses is high, but says that the state-funded program that covered costs of the enforcement campaign is meant to make streets safer.

Tickets for a first offense start at $200.

About 1,000 collisions happen a day in the United States due to distracted driving, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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