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Egg Harbor Township police say they will target distracted drivers in April as part of National Distracted Driving Month.

Local police departments say they will target drivers texting and talking on the phone in April as part of New Jersey's "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." campaign.

Police in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, Hamilton Township and Sea Isle City said they will be participating in the initiative.

New Jersey is one of four states nationwide to receive federal funding to combat distracted driving, said Eric Heitmann, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

"This is clearly one of the most critical traffic safety issues that we face today," Heitmann said.

In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police say the initiative is modeled after the "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaigns, which target seat belt use and drunken driving, respectively.

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