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Get The Heck Off Your Phone, Bristol Launches ‘U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY’ Campaign

Connecticut State Police

During the month of August 2017, 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 to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving.

The last operation, which took place during April 2016, resulted in over 12,000 citations issued to motorists who chose to ignore Connecticut’s distracted driving laws.

Nearly 50 law enforcement agencies including both state and local police are again participating in this operation – aimed at keeping Connecticut’s roadways safe.

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.

DOT observations conducted before and after last year’s crackdown showed a significant drop in hand held mobile phone use at selected enforcement locations.

The observations showed a decrease in distracted driving from 9.6% before April 2015, to 7.8% in August 2015. This represents a 23 percent drop in phone use at the selected enforcement locations.

While the focused enforcement mobilization will end on Aug. 16, 2017, Bristol officers will continue to enforce Connecticut’s hand held mobile phone ban throughout the year.

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