Monmouth County drivers who are texting or talking on their phones without a hands free device are more likely than ever to be pulled over in October—and more likely to be given a break for the infraction that carries a fine of $200-$400 for a first offense. But the break won’t be just a friendly warning from the officer who pulls the driver over.
For the month of October, law enforcement officers across the county will be armed with distracted driver ticket books. Anyone found driving while distracted may be issued a summons warning providing them 15 days to log on the campaign website at unpluggedandalive.com where each ticketholder will be prompted to securely include their pertinent information and to watch a video detailing the horrific effects of distracted driving.
Drivers who are issued the warning but fail to log into the website, watch the video and pledge to “Take the Pledge” not to text or talk on the phone without a hands free device while driving will be issued a summons for the infraction.
Here is the video you’ll be required to watch if you get caught texting or talking while driving and want the infraction forgiven:
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Chiefs of Police Association are challenging all Monmouth County drivers to “Take the Pledge” on their website. You don’t have to be pulled over in order to “Take the Pledge.”