Calling it the “distracted-driving decade,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman pointed to a study that shows there have been more than 1.4 million car crashes in New Jersey during the past 10 years in which driver inattention was a major contributing factor. Of these, 1,600 people were killed.
What’s more, the problem is getting worse. In 2004, 42 percent of crashes were due to driver inattention. In 2012, it was 53 percent.
Sixty police departments received $5,000 each for a campaign against texting and the use of handheld devices while driving. The money will go to the increased use of checkpoints and patrols.