Extra patrols targeting distracted drivers the next 2 weeks

As of January 1, Assembly Bill 1785 made it illegal for anyone in California to have a device in hand.

"Using our community's crash data, our officers will determine where the majority of crashes occur and focus their patrols in those areas", he said, in a statement emailed by Lt. James Albert.

City police this month are upping their efforts to catch drivers who are texting or otherwise distracted while behind the wheel.

When you drive on any road or highway, there's one thing you're nearly certain to see - distracted drivers. If you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.

In April, Larason said the state's Department of Transportation launched a public-safety campaign to curbing vehicular cell-phone use with billboards reading "drive present", and the launch of a municipal grant program for which 202 Bay State police departments could apply for extra traffic enforcement funding.

Nationally in 2015, fatalities from crashes involving a distracted driver increased by 9 percent according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Officers will be looking for those drivers with their cell phones in their hands on the freeways. "Beginning April 4, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts".

The 20-year-old driver who hit the bus told witnesses that he was texting while driving when it happened.

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A recent study by the commission shows 71 percent of distracted drivers are distracted by their cellphones.

So put the phone down while driving.

If you're a passenger, hold the driver's phone.

Speak up! If you see someone yo love texting and driving, say something.

If using Global Positioning System on your phone, plug in the address before you start the auto and use a mounted phone holder.

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), which analyzed hundreds of thousands of drivers' phones from real-world vehicle crashes, found that distraction occurred in 52 percent of all trips that resulted in an accident. Model responsible behavior by not using your phone while in the auto.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month and it's aim is eliminating distractions behind the wheel. The focus is a part of Target Zero, a statewide initiative to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington's roadways to zero by the year 2030.

The Florham Park Police Department is urging drivers to, "put down the phone while driving and try to eliminate all distractions while driving".

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