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Montclair Police Participating in Distracted Driver Crackdown

The Montclair Police Department is participating a nationwide crackdown on distracted driving. 

The enforcement blitz, dubbed “UDrive, UText, UPay,” starts today and continues through April 21. In New Jersey, the program was initiated by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety with the purpose of undertaking visible, targeted enforcement during April, National Distracted Driving Month.

It is illegal to text or talk on a handheld device while driving in the state. Hands-free cellphone use, such as with Bluetooth devices, is legal except for new drivers with provisional licenses.

The current penalty for is $100, with no points. In July of this year, the fine will increase to a minimum of $200 for a first offense and between $400 and $600 for a second. Third and subsequent offenses will cost up to $800, plus three points on a driver's license and a possible 90-day suspension.

cindy bibb April 02, 2014 at 09:16 AM
How about Montclair police ALSO participate in monitoring the crosswalks located all over town for pedestrians? As someone who walks frequently, I am amazed at the number of drivers who ignore the crosswalks and signs, and speed limits near downtown. You really do take your life in your hands crossing a street in Montclair!
elizabeth April 03, 2014 at 07:33 AM
I can not tell you how many people I see with their cell phones in their hands while driving. At stop lights...you can see people texting and/or using their cell phones all the time. You can tell because when the light turns green...they fail to move because they are so busy texting. Is there really anything that can be done about this dangerous trend?

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