The Berlin Police Department plans to be out, in full force, April 11 through 15, looking for distracted drivers, as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign.
Drivers are continuously ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on the roadways. The BPD is teaming up with the Connecticut Department of Transportation during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
Distracted driving is a real problem. During the enforcement period, officers will be ticketing anyone who is texting or on their phone while behind the wheel. Drivers who text and drive, will pay.
Violating Connecticut’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed for the violation can be fined $150 for the first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
The Berlin Police Department, NHTSA and the Connecticut Department of Transportation urge drivers to put the phone down when behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and park the vehicle in a safe place.
For more information, visit trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
← Submitted by the Berlin Police Department.
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