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Distracting driving an all-too-common cause of a car accident

Drivers in New Jersey and across the country face an abundance of distractions these days. Cell phones, digital audio and GPS systems are examples of modern gadgets that can take focus off of the road and cause a car accident. Law enforcement offers throughout New Jersey have recently launched a campaign to crack down on distracted driving.

The law enforcement campaign is called "UDrive. UText. UPay.". It will target drivers who are using cell phones while driving. Authorities say that behaviors such as texting while driving are some of the most serious safety issues on today's roadways. Statistics indicate that almost 10 percent of deaths in car crashes are caused by distracted drivers. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015, and another 391,000 people were injured in these types of accidents. In New Jersey alone, it was reported that over half of all crashes in 2015 were the result of distracted drivers. First time offenders that are caught using phones while driving, such as sending text messages, can expect to be fined around $500, police say.

Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle comes with great responsibility and requires constant focus. A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Distracted driving habits are dangerous and becoming a real problem on roadways across the New Jersey. Those who have been injured in a car accident may be able to pursue legal action. Compensation from a successful lawsuit could greatly help with medical expenses and other financial damages accrued as a result of injuries.

Source: tapinto.net, ""UDrive. UText. UPay." Locally Enforced Through April 21", Rebecca Greene, April 3, 2018

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