Stepped Up Distracted Driving Enforcement Begins Today

John Silva
August 01, 2018 - 10:25 am

(Hartford, Conn./WTIC) - Starting today, local and state police will be conducting stepped up distracted driving enforcement.

Thanks to a grant from the federal government, officers will be looking for distracted drivers, specifically those texting or talking on the phone behind the wheel.

Aaron Swanson, distracted driver manager for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, says the detail is not just about writing tickets.

Rather, they want to continue to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

He says, much like seatbelt and DUI enforcement, the purpose is to educate the public to focus on the road ahead and not their phones or car radios.

Swanson says a first time offender can face a $150 fine.  Then, it's $300 for a second offense, and $500 for each one thereafter.

A similar campaign in April saw police hand out some 10,000 citations.

The "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" campaign runs through August 16.