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Matawan Police Watching for Distracted Drivers

As children begin school again Sept. 9, the Matawan Police Department will be focusing on curbing distracted driving in the borough.

Need to send a text, put on mascara or eat breakfast? Make sure not to do it behind the wheel.

The Matawan Borough Police Department will have additional officers on duty the week of Sept. 9 for a Distracted Driver Campaign as children go back to school, according to Chief Jason Gallo.

Officers will be watching specifically for drivers who are distracted behind the wheel. Distracted driving includes using a mobile device, reading, grooming, eating, drinking or adjusting a radio, MP3 player, CD or GPS. 

According to Gallo, 80 percent of crashes are caused by distracted drivers and 21 percent of young drivers in fatal crashes were using cell phones.

The goal of the enforcement is to ensure the safety of children walking to school or to their bus stop, as well as the safety of drivers and passengers, Gallo said.
debra September 05, 2013 at 08:12 AM
they should have officers parked near bus stops to see how many idiots go through the stop sign on the busses and don't even pay attention. I see it every day..
Hugh Curtis September 05, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Stop Signs!! How many drivers come to a COMPLETE Stop, at the stop line, yield to ALL Oncoming Traffic, and Proceed with CAUTION? Additionally, how many drivers follow the same Stop Sign procedures, when turning right on red?----NOBODY!! That's who. Please, enforce THESE traffic laws.
Anthony T. September 06, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Hugh, I can't think of how many times, walking, with the WALK sign or at an intersection with a STOP sign, that a driver will nearly mow me down in their efforts NOT to stop. I even yelled at one driver as I jumped back, to receive the response of the middle finger. I have had other drivers nearly rear end me and blow their horn when I've come to a full stop. Sadly I see seemingly "new" (i.e. teenaged) drivers taking up the same habits. And I fully agree. These laws should be enforced. It seems police forces all over go for the "high profile", or the "violation of the day/week/month." I've been pulled over on one occasion for a common moving violation, and what could I say, I was wrong! More of that, and the roads would be safer. It really doesn't take much time from our "so busy" days to make that stop, do 25 where it's required, etc.
Hugh Curtis September 09, 2013 at 02:11 PM
The pedestrian crossing on the Library's street, at Main is the worst. It is directly across Main, from MPDHQ. I've had to jump backwards, out of the ped. cut-out, to avoid being hit. Drivers have a tendency to stop at the line of parked cars, on Main, rather than the STOP Line, before the x-way. A pedestrian CAN'T see on coming traffic, until he is IN the x-walk.

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