Newark Police to Conduct Distracted Driving Enforcement

On Thursday, February 10th, members of the Newark Police Special Enforcement Division, which includes both the Traffic and Special Operations Units, will conduct a one-day directed enforcement detail targeting distracted driving.  Officers in the division will be patrolling specifically for distracted driving offenses, including using a cellular phone while driving and other inattentive driving behaviors.

Driving a vehicle while using a cellular phone can result in a civil penalty of $100.  Subsequent offenses are punishable by a $200 civil penalty.  More information can be found here.

According to the statistics:

  • Cellular phone related crashes begin to increase in rate around lunch time (12:00 pm). This increase in rate continues with the sharpest rise during the evening rush hour. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of all distracted driving crashes occur from 3 pm – 7 pm.
  • A driver who texts is 6 times more likely to crash than one who drinks.
  • Cell phone related crashes trend young in Delaware. Fifty one percent (51%) of these crashes are caused by a person under the age of 30.
  • Males account for 60% of crashes and females account for 40%.
  • In 2019, 57% of distracted driving crashes occurred in New Castle County.

More information can be found at