by Ray Bendici
Jun 20, 2013
09:03 AMUnsteady Habits
Distracted Driving Crackdown Begins Across Connecticut
Put down that phone: The Connecticut Department of Transportation's [DOT] new “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other" campaign kicks off this weekend in a concerted effort to reduce distracted driving.
From a recent press release:
The Connecticut DOT will have four separate week long enforcement periods throughout the year starting this week from June 20 to June 26. There will be fines in place for distracted drivers ranging from $125 for a first offense, $250 for a second violation and $400 for each subsequent violation. This is a serious issue for the CT DOT and their goal is to save lives and put an end to distracted driving.
Thanks to a $275,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the DOT will be able to have roving patrols across the state flagging down and ticketing those who insist on driving while improperly talking on cell phones or even texting. According to a 2011 survey (the most recent) by the NHTSA, at any given moment in the U.S. over 660,000 drivers are talking on cell phones or manipulating electronic devices (i.e. texting). The NHTSA also reported that in 2011, more than 3,300 people were killed and approximately 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
The first crackdown will run through June 26, with three more scheduled—October of this year and next March and July—all in addition to regular police monitoring.