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Officials: Distracted driving major problem in New Jersey

State authorities also say more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes where driver inattention was a major contributing factor.

The Associated Press

4/15/2014

TRENTON, N.J. — Driver inattention was a major contributing factor in 1.4 million crashes in New Jersey over the past decade, roughly half of the total accidents that occurred during that time.

State authorities also say more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes where driver inattention was a major contributing factor.

Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said the data released Monday shows the state has experienced a "distracted driving decade." But he says an ongoing law enforcement initiative is helping to combat the problem.

In 2004, driver inattention was cited as a major contributing circumstance in 42 percent of crashes. But that number rose over the next ten years and last year it peaked at 53 percent. Meanwhile, the proportion of distracted crashes has surged 26 percent during that same time.

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