Newark Police to Conduct Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 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.

Two Males Pose as Firefighters to Enter Occupied Residence

On November 12, 2022, at about 1550 hours, two male subjects knocked on the door of a residence in the unit block of Winslow Road.  The subjects identified themselves as being from the “fire department” and advised that they needed to check the residence due to work being done in the area.  One of the subjects provided identification that stated “fire department.”

Once inside the residence, the subjects walked around the residence with the homeowners and then left the residence.  No crime is known to have occurred in the residence.

Residents are reminded that members of the fire department in Newark do not conduct unannounced inspections of residences.  In addition, if fire department members need to enter a residence, they will be in fire department uniform and would be accompanied by Aetna HHL fire department apparatus.

If anyone is ever in doubt about the legitimacy of a person at their residence claiming to be a public official, they should contact the City of Newark at (302) 366-7000 or Newark Police at (302) 366-7111.