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Bristol Police to crackdown on distracted drivers

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During the month of April, Bristol Police and law enforcement officers from across the state will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive.

This effort is part of a larger campaign by the CT Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving.

In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

Police will be out in force looking to identify, stop, and cite motorists who choose to ignore Connecticut’s hand-held mobile phone ban and distracted driving laws.

The fines range from $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

“Our goal is simple. We want to save lives by enforcing Connecticut’s tough penalties for distracted driving, namely texting while driving.”

While the focused enforcement mobilization will end on April 30, Bristol officers will continue to enforce Connecticut’s hand held mobile phone ban throughout the year.

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