With the rising popularity of smartphones, texting is becoming the preferred method of communication for many of us. In fact, the average American sends or receives 40 texts per day with those in the 18-24 age group texting more than 100 times a day, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. And many of those texts are either sent or received while behind the wheel.
In an effort to reduce car accidents and save lives, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, Somerset Medical Center and Emergency Medical Associates have launched a public awareness campaign on the dangers of driving while texting.
In partnership with county police departments, the Prosecutor’s Office has launched a new initiative targeting drivers who text. Drivers stopped by police in Somerset County for texting while driving will receive a written warning. They will be required to view an educational video on texting while driving within 15 days of the incident or receive a summons and $100 fine.
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Watch the video provided by AT&T.