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Tip line designed to reduce frequency of texting and driving

With the inherent risk involved with texting and driving and other distracted behaviors behind the wheel in New Jersey, law enforcement and the state government are seeking ways to reduce the frequency of the practice. One new method that is being implemented is for tip lines to be used by motorists or other witnesses who see a driver texting or operating the vehicle while distracted. Since beginning this program, more than 600 people were sent warning letters.

In April, the tip line plan, which had previously been in place for witnesses to report aggressive drivers, expanded to include any form of dangerous driving including distracted drivers. .When a call to the tip line is made, a dispatcher takes the information about the vehicle. When the dispatchers have enough information and if the driver was not able to be stopped by law enforcement, a letter is sent to warn the driver about the dangerous behavior and that there will be penalties if the police witness it.

There have been nearly 1,100 calls thus far. Law enforcement is also taking a greater hand in trying to clamp down on distracted driving. More than 15,000 citations for using a cellphone behind the wheel were issued as well as more than 7,000 summonses for careless driving. With the new vigilance, there has been a reduction in fatalities in an auto accident by more than 7 percent in comparison to the same time period one year ago

This is all part of a concerted effort on the part of all authorities to reduce the risk that people face on the road because of distracted drivers. When there is a car crash, the accident investigation will automatically consider whether there was texting and driving or some other distracting behavior taking place. Those who were injured or lost a loved one in any kind of crash should be aware of their right to seek compensation through a legal filing with assistance from an attorney experienced in car accidents.

Source: nj.com, "N.J. distracted driving hotline received 1K calls in 2 months," S.P. Sullivan, June 8, 2017

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