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Citations For Cell Phone Use While Driving Reach 225K

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New Jersey police officers have racked up nearly 225,000 citations for violating a cell phone ban that prohibits talking or texting while driving. The law has been in effect for 23 months.

While some residents complain officials aren’t enforcing the law, Pam Fischer, state Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director, said the numbers show otherwise.

“They are doing everything possible within their power,” she said. “The problem, she says, is that we have far more violators than we do police officers.”

Some officials say, the law, which includes a $100 fine, has been a good deterrence. While some say the problem of distracted driving has not lessened.

Since 2008, handheld cell phone use has been involved in 3,610 accidents and 13 deaths, compared with 3,129 crashes and 6 deaths where a hands-free device was used