Port Jervis City PD Law Enforcement Joins National Anti-Texting Effort to Save Lives

Port Jervis City Police Department Ready to Crack Down on Texting-Law Violators During National Texting Enforcement Crackdown

From April 12-16, 2018, law enforcement personnel will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text while driving. The national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement campaign had two goals: conduct intense enforcement of anti-texting laws, and couple these efforts with advertising, media, and social media outreach to let drivers know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.

Driving and texting is not only dangerous and irresponsible—it’s illegal. This is a major problem that is contributing greatly to automobile crashes throughout the region and officers are trying to work toward a resolution through proactive enforcement efforts and fines. If you drive and text, you will pay.

Distracted driving statistics paint a grim picture: In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involv¬ing distracted drivers. It is clear that distracted driving continues to be a deadly driving hazard.

According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.

The percentage of drivers’ text-messaging or visibly manipu¬lating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. Since 2007, young drivers (ages 16 to 24) have been observed manipulating electronic devices at higher rates than older drivers.

Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. This is a recipe for a crash, and that’s a scary thought. It’s arrogant and selfish to think that your dangerous and illegal behavior is acceptable. No one has the right to put another person’s life at risk like that.

The successes of the Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns have proven that the combination of tough laws, targeted advertising, and high-visibility enforcement can change people’s risky traffic safety behaviors.

It’s not that complicated: if you text and drive, we will see you, pull you over, and issue you a ticket. The Port Jervis City Police Department is serious about joining our law enforcement partners across the region to enforce texting laws. Extra patrols funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Police Traffic Services Grant will be deployed during this expanded enforcement wave to enforce cellular telephone use and texting while driving.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov