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Plainsboro Township Public Notices

Posted on: December 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Don’t Lose Focus of the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every year thousands of lives are lost in motor vehicle accidents due to distracted driving. Distracted driving is considered any activity that diverts the attention of the driver from focusing on their surroundings and driving their vehicle safely.

Numerous studies have shown that the major causes of distracted driving are the use of handheld devices, such as texting or reading texts, eating, operating in-car entertainment, or simply focusing on passengers rather than safely driving the vehicle.

Unfortunately, those who live, work and visit Plainsboro have also been impacted by the negative actions of distracted drivers. For example, in November of 2021, 94% of all reported accidents were determined to be the result of distracted driving, while only one was attributed to a struck deer, and another caused by a medical emergency effecting the driver.

Additionally, the Plainsboro Police Traffic Bureau determined that over the past five (5) years, 98% of all accidents that occur on township roadways are attributed to distracted driving. Some of these accidents have caused serious injury and even death.

To help avoid these unfortunate and potentially tragic incidents, the Plainsboro Police routinely conduct education and enforcement activities on roadways throughout the community. The police department also works with schools and local community groups to educate new and experienced drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and the safe operation of motor vehicles, pedestrian laws and bicycle safety.  Plainsboro Township also conducts routine inspections of roadways to ensure that they are safe and clear of distractions for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in accordance with all local, state and federal traffic safety guidelines.

Moving forward we ask that everyone avoid any activity that could distract you from safely driving your vehicle.  We also ask the Plainsboro community to help us educate new drivers about the best practices related to distraction-free driving.

So let’s work together to reduce incidents of motor vehicle accidents and those related to distracted driving to keep us all safe.

For more information please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

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