The Berlin Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, has announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” campaign.
Through this initiative, officers will crack down on motorists who text, talk, or distract themselves with a hand-held mobile phone while driving.
During the first wave of this campaign, in April 2018, more than 10,000 citations were issued to motorists who chose to ignore Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. While this is a start, there is still more work to be done.
The second run of the two-part campaign takes place through Aug. 15. Throughout the campaign, Berlin police officers will mobilize by adding special patrols aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones.
Over 50 law enforcement agencies, including both state and local police, will again participate.
The special patrols that will be running during this campaign are funded by Connecticut’s special distracted driving prevention funds. Over $9.1 million has been awarded to the state over the last three years specifically to fund campaigns like this.
Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.
In 2016, there were 3,450 distracted driving related deaths and in 2015 an estimated 391,000 were injured in distracted driving motor vehicle crashes nationally.
For more information, visit www.distraction.gov.