Distracted Driving Campaign Underway

Aaron Kupec
April 02, 2018 - 9:59 am
Driver Using Cell Phone

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(WTIC Radio) - The latest crackdown on distracted driving began Monday across Connecticut. 

Some 50 police agencies are part of the "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." campaign, which runs through April 30.

The "high-visibility" enforcement effort focuses on drivers who are talking or texting on a hand-held cell phone. 

“Distracted driving is a real problem,” said East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom. “During this enforcement period, officers will be ticketing anyone who is texting or on their phone while behind the wheel. The bottom line is if you text and drive, you will be stopped.” 

Violating Connecticut’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed for this violation can be fined $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for third and subsequent offenses. 

A two-week follow-up campaign is slated for August.

In past years, police have issued around 20,000 tickets during the two periods.