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Public safety warning: Paramus police join national initiative: ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’

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PUBLIC SAFETY: Paramus police are joining a new national campaign to crack down on distracted drivers.

For three weeks beginning April 1, they’ll have patrols out targeting drivers who “engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving,” Deputy Police Chief Robert Guidetti said.

Following in the tradition of “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the national campaign has its own clever slogan: “UDrive. UText. UPay”

Thousands of people are killed each year and an estimated half-million or so injured each year in distracted driver-related crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.

Using a hand-held cellphone to talk or text while driving is illegal in New Jersey, but that hasn’t seemed to stem the practice.

Nearly three-quarters of those who responded to a 2013 FDU PublicMind Poll survey for the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety said they very often see people driving and talking, while 40% said they very often see drivers texting.

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