Next Wave of Distracted Driving Campaign set to Launch this Weekend

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July 31, 2019 - 4:27 pm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) – The second wave of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY” campaign is launching August 1st to remind resident to put down their phone when driving.

The first part of the 2019 campaign – previously held in April – saw officers issue more than 10,000 citations to motorists violating the State’s distracted driving laws.

Second phase plans include special patrols from more than 50 law enforcement agencies, including both state and local police.

Those agencies previously participated in the first phase four months ago as well.

Connecticut Department of Transportation notes that distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes in the U.S., in fact, nearly 20,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver between 2012 and 2017 (that according to the National Highway traffic safety Administration).

Furthermore, since 2015, over 30,000 crashes on Connecticut roads have involved a distraction (45 off those resulted in fatal crashes as well).

Violations of the State’s distracted driving laws carry a $150 fine for the first offense, a $300 fine for the second and subsequent violations are $500.

More information on the campaign, as well as distracted driving laws and statistics can be found online at www.distraction.gov.