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Distracted Driving


Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

•Using a cell phone or smartphone
•Eating and drinking
•Talking to passengers
•Reading, including maps
•Using a navigation system
•Watching a video
•Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction


Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - meaning the driver's BAC is .08 or higher
the illegal limit in all states including DC and Puerto Rico.


Despite recent reductions in fatalities, impaired driving remains one of America's deadliest social problems. In 2004, nearly 13,000 drivers or motorcycle operators died in crashes with a BAC level of .08 or above- the illegal limit in all states. Most people don't intend to drive home drunk, but too many find themselves at the end of the night without a sober designated driver. Unfortunately, many of these drivers convince themselves and friends that they are able to drive with the comment, "I'm okay, I'm just buzzed."

2006 Trooper Christopher Scales Memorial Award Recipient:
Lieutenant Paul Vereb

    The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is proud to present the Trooper Christopher Scale Memorial Award to Lt. Paul Vereb of the Long Beach Township Police.  Lt. Vereb has been in law enforcement for 23 years—most of those years spent in traffic safety and community policing.  Having a brother with a brain injury who has required years of rehabilitation, Lt. Vereb possesses a passion for brain injury prevention that is driven by personal experience. 

Last year, in response to the expanded helmet law, Lt. Vereb initiated contact with Best Buy electronic stores and developed the “Best Buy Bucks” positive ticketing initiative.  Through this program, police officers reward adolescents with Best Buy gift certificates for being “caught” wearing their helmets.  The program is currently being piloted in Ocean and Monmouth counties.  In addition to “Best Buy Bucks”, Lt. Vereb has coordinated “Bike and Skate” helmet programs and give-away events.  He designed programs for schools and summer camps in which children and young adults created traffic signs and posters demonstrating safety messages.  Countless individuals have benefited from his outreach, commitment, enthusiasm, passion and energy towards injury prevention.