LINDEN — In an effort to help combat distracted driving, members of the Linden Police Department were out in full force in the area of US 1 and Avenue C on Thursday, Oct.17. Officers issued 18 summonses within 90 minutes. The Linden Police deployed both marked and unmarked police units, and utilized officers in plain clothes as spotters to help identify and stop drivers who were driving while talking and texting.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation considers distracted driving as a dangerous epidemic, and our department is addressing it as such,” said Linden Police Traffic Bureau Commander Sergeant Michael Babulski. “Within a short period of time our officers issued 14 tickets to drivers for driving while on their cell phones, along with four other tickets for various offenses.”
In 2012, the Linden Police Department wrote over 200 tickets to motorists for driving while on their cell phone, and are on pace to write over 300 tickets for 2013.
“With advances in technology, people are able to do more and more things on their cell phones, which takes their focus off the road where it’s needed,” Babulski said. “Behind the wheel, a second could mean the difference between hitting and not hitting a child crossing the street. Drivers need to realize the danger.”
The Linden Police Department is planning on conducting more crackdowns like this over the next few months, with even more officers participating.
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