‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay’ enforcement campaign in effect. Here’s what officials say is the most alarming distraction
The enforcement campaign known as “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” is in effect all this month, targeting those who continue to talk on hand-held cellphones and sending text messages while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in 2018 alone, 2,841 people were killed in distracted driving crashes nationally, with about 400,000 injured.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds, and at 55 mph -- that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
In New Jersey, driver inattention contributed to 50% of the state’s crashes in 2018 and rose at a rate seven times higher than speeding.
The campaign runs through the end of the month.