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Connecticut police finding new ways to battle the war against distracted driving

Drivers in and around Hartford have likely witnessed other drivers, or perhaps been guilty themselves, texting while driving or talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving. In Connecticut, both of these activities are illegal and numerous public service and safety outreach campaigns have alerted state residents of the dangers associated with both. However, despite the state's best efforts, an alarming number of drivers within Connecticut continue to text and talk on handheld cellphones while driving.

In an effort to crackdown on these and other dangerous distracted driving behaviors, $2.3 million in federal funds were devoted to financing additional patrols at police departments throughout the state. During a major distracted driving campaign in April, police officers issued more than 12,500 citations. Law enforcement officials believe that a similar campaign that was carried out during the month of August resulted in 5,000 to 8,000 drivers receiving citations.

While citation amounts for cellphone-related driving violations were previously too low to make any real impact, today a first offense will cost a driver $150, a second $300 and any subsequent violations $500. In addition to increasing the citation amounts offending drivers must pay, law enforcement officials are also taking more active steps to identify these drivers.

During the recent August campaign, patrolling police officers relied upon so-called spotters who were positioned above traffic and who could easily view drivers who were violating anti-texting and hand-held cellphone laws. However, even with the assistance of spotters, the number of violators makes it impossible for police officers to stop them all.

A driver who is distracted by a cellphone is likely not watching the road or paying attention to the whereabouts of other motor vehicles or pedestrians. In cases where an individual is injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, legal action can aid in the recovery of damages and compensation.

Source: The Middletown Press, Connecticut distracted driving crackdown nets thousands of tickets," Wes Duplantier, Aug. 29, 2015

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