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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Distracted Driver Campaign Starts Today

The Westport Police Department announced another wave of a stepped-up “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” enforcement campaign beginning today and running through Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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The effort, run in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Highway Safety Office, targets motorists who text, talk “or otherwise distract themselves by using a hand-held mobile device while driving,” said Lt. David Farrell.

Farrell said the first leg of the campaign took place in April, resulting in a 17 percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations where police conducted enforcement.

“The drop in observed use of mobile phones demonstrated the need to reinforce to motorists that using a mobile phone while driving is both dangerous and illegal,” Farrell said.

Statewide during the April campaign, there were about 12,000 citations issued.

Farrell said more than 50 law enforcement agencies, including both state and local police, again are participating in distracted driver operation.

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.

Underscoring the seriousness of the offense, Farrell said nationwide in 2015, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated additional 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

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Posted 08/02/17 at 09:54 AM  Permalink



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