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Bridgeport Police Joining Statewide Crackdown On Distracted Driving

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport Police Department will be joining the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office in its “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” initiative, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. announced.

The campaign is an effort to crack down on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone. The campaign continues through Aug. 16.

During a similar campaign in April, there was an was an 8 percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement, according to the state. It also resulted in nearly 16,000 citations being issued to motorists who broke the state's distracted driving laws, the state said.

“We made great gains after our initiative in April and we expect to do the same this summer,” said Gaudett in a press release. “This increased enforcement is about keeping drivers safe. Too many people think they can use a cell phone while they drive. The fact is that we see these accidents every day and it doesn’t need to happen. We’re going to keep doing this until people get the message.”

More than 50 law enforcement agencies, including both state and local police, are participating in this operation.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve fines of $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation and $500 for each subsequent violation.

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