The “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign is officially over, and the results are big.
Police Chief Greg Meyer tells TLS 500 summonses were issued during the campaign, which ran between April 1 – April 21.
The campaign targeted distracted driving – primarily texting and talking on the cell phone.
In comparison, the last official “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign held in Lakewood in 2015 resulted in approximately 200 summonses.
Despite the law, the one’s who were caught more than doubled in two years. Disgraceful. And how many were not caught? Had Rabbi Miller been alive, he would have been livid. Where are the signs in the shuls? The Rabbonim have to get with the traffic safety issues, if anyone would listen. They must get on this case ASAP. There are more deaths caused by distracted driving than drunk driving. When you’re drunk, you lose your common sense. If you talk or text on the phone, or pass stop signs or red lights, etc, you don’t have any to begin with nor do you have basic Derech Eretz.
Why is it just a 3 week campaign? If we are serious about the issue, which we should be, the crackdown should be permanent.
I agree with the real Donald, ticketing distracted drivers is one of many other laws broken which we, the people of Lakewood and anyone passing through deserve to have stricter enforcement by our police dept. Besides for the tremendous chillul hashem some us make every day, this is just a bandaid to a major problem we have here in town. People are so distracted when driving, it’s truly dangerous driving in this town. I say we get more policing in this town and let them be ruthless in regards to laws broke while driving.
500. Sounds like a quota
to me this means that despite the efforts of the police, more people are texting than before. shame on all of you. shame on all of us
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