Lakewood Police Begin Distracted Driving Prevention Campaign [PHOTOS]

In an effort to make our roads safer and reduce crashes attributed to distracted driving, the Lakewood Police Department has set up a checkpoint on Sunday in the area of Cedarbridge Avenue and Clover Street.

Over 50 drivers have been pulled over by marked and unmarked vehicles for using their cellphone while driving so far this morning, TLS has learned.

It is illegal in New Jersey to operate a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device. Violating this law subjects motorists to fines of $200 to $400 for a first offense which could increase to $800 with the addition of three insurance points in subsequent violations.

Distracted driving has long been a leading cause of crashes in New Jersey. Data shows that driver inattention accounted for 49 percent of all crashes recorded in the State from 2017 through 2021 and 915 fatalities during that period. Nearly 23 percent of crashes involving a distracted driver resulted in one or more injuries.

The targeted crackdown is expected to last for the rest of the month, with checkpoints scheduled to be set up at various locations across Lakewood.

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  1. This is called theft in English. “distracted drivers” can mean anything and they are pulling people over so the town can make more money. I passed them and saw them just pull over random people they were not catching anyone in the act of talking on their phone, as everyone talks on Bluetooth. It’s stupid and theft on the highest level

  2. Not a check point and not a money grab since a large percentage of traffic violations are written in a state summons. NJ gets most of the fine, Lakewood just gets safer. Distracted driving can be anything from doing your make up, reading, eating, being on your phone, etc.

  3. I was pulled over and ticketed for using my cell phone. Except that I wasn’t using my cell phone. Scary that they can just do whatever they please without any proof. Good old fashion legal bullying

  4. As many accidents as there are in this town and distracted driving being the main reason why, as I see it all the time, you would think this would be welcome but because it’s slowing traffic down in a town where everyone is in a rush you get your cries of ‘money grab’ and ‘wouldn’t do this at Christmas” how ridiculous

  5. I was pulled over because I had a coffee in one hand & a donut in the other.
    I explained since the coffee is very hot & I don’t have a lid I’m driving very carefully.
    He accepted my explanation, gave me a horseradish root (in honor of the upcoming “Jewish Easter”) & wished me a “Hag Petak Umitukah” (at least LPD is trying to be sensitive:-)

  6. Let’s see…you were driving with a VERY hot cup of coffee with NO lid..that in itself is distracted ..the VERY hot coffee could have easily spilt on your lap and you slam into the back of another vehicle or swerve into oncoming should have gotten a ticket instead of a horseradish..absolutely ridiculous

  7. This needs to be done on all roads especially New Hampshire! I take my life in my hands Every time I leave my house! Tired of being cut off, tired of people running red lights, tired of people swerving in and out of lanes! GET OFF YOUR DAMN PHONES ALREADY! If you need to be on the phone, get a bluetooth! And driving while eating is not acceptable as well! Eat before you leave your house!

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