A New Jersey police officer enforcing a statewide crackdown on distracted drivers was hit by a driver using a cellphone as a navigation device.
NJ.com reports Howell Patrolman Michael Moore was driving a marked police car when he was struck by a car that failed to stop at a stop sign.
Howell police Chief Andrew Kudrick said the 80-year-old driver and his wife were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries. Moore suffered a hand injury.
He said “ironically Patrolman Moore was enforcing the statewide ‘U Drive, U Text, U Pay’ campaign” when he was hit, and the campaign flyers were strewn about his vehicle afterwards.
He said an investigation found that the man was using a cellphone to navigate and didn’t see the stop sign. He’ll be issued citations.