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Friday, September 26, 2014

Cell Phone Crackdown Nets 23 More

Westport police said today 23 more drivers have been cited this week for cell phone violations in a distracted driver crackdown, bringing the total to 132 since the campaign began Sept. 5.

Of the 23 tickets issued from Tuesday through Thursday, eight went to Westport residents, bringing to 38 the number of Westporters cited since the crackdown began, police said. The announced campaign officially ended Wednesday but police statistics include those cited an additional day.

Most were first offenses; however, three drivers, one from Westport, Bridgeport and North Branford, were ticketed for second cell phone offenses.

The Westport Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Safety Office, announced the kickoff of the Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign on Aug. 29.

The state and local police enforcement effort was designed to enforce Connecticut’s tough law that prohibits motorists from texting and/or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Capt. Sam Arciola.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve fines ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation

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