Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
By JOHN T. WARD
A Rumson-Fair Haven Regional senior wants the school to drop a ban on student use of cellphones in school hallways between classes.
James Rue, 17, of Fair Haven, presented the school’s board of education with a petition Tuesday night calling for changes to the policy, which administrators said is being enforced anew after some unintended laxity.
Students, however, contend the crackdown was triggered by an incident last year in which a male student took “upskirt” videos of female students in stairwells without their knowledge.
Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.
September 2– A resident on Little Silver Point Rd. reported a Burglary/Theft after discovering that a rear door had been forced in and jewelry had been taken. P.O. Andrew Smith, P.O. Peter Gibson and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.
September 3- A business on Sycamore Ave. reported Criminal Mischief after discovering that the side of the building had been spray painted. P.O. Paul Halpin investigated.
September 7- A student at Red Bank Regional High School reported a Theft after noticing that his watch had been stolen from his gym locker while attending football practice. P.O. Robert Chenoweth investigated.
A Garden State Parkway accident that that killed a Middletown father of five in April has led to the indictment of a Jackson man on a vehicular homicide and other charges, Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw announced Monday.
Eric Pereira, 20, was intoxicated, speeding and using a cellphone when he smashed into the rear of a southbound van, leading to the death of 43-year-old Kevin Donnelly, Warshaw’s office alleges.
Red Bank police will be going after violators of a “largely disregarded” state law that bans driver use of cellphones without hands-free devices, according to a department announcement issued Monday morning.
The announcement says the crackdown will last a week and will entail road stops and checkpoints.
The driver in the accident that left a pedestrian pinned beneath an SUV on Broad Street on Monday has been charged with motor vehicle violations, Red Bank police say.
Meanwhile, the victim remains hospitalized in Neptune.