Month-long ‘U drive, U text, U pay’ campaign kicks off Tuesday

Connecticut

Law enforcement is cracking down on people texting while driving. This is the month police make extra sure that your eyes are on the road, not your phone.

This is distracted driving month, which means police in Hamden and all over the state will be looking to make sure you’re not paying attention to this when you’re supposed to be paying attention to the road.

Maybe you’ve seen that ads or the signs. The theme of this month is ‘U drive, U text, U pay.‘ There are a few different ways you could pay.
 
If you’re lucky, you’ll get a ticket. Distracted driving tickets can be pretty expensive, especially if it’s not your first one. 

Then, there is paying with your body. In just one recent year, 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

 If you’re the one driving and texting and causing the crash that hurts someone, you could pay with your freedom, as in prison time. And then there’s paying with your life.

In 2016 alone, 3,450 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers. You’ll be hearing a lot about distracted driving during the rest of this month. 

In Hamden, they got a state grant to cover 100% of the department’s expenses for what it is calling its Distracted Driving High Visibility Enforcement Program. That program starts Tuesday and runs to the end of the month.

That grant also covers a similar program during the fist two weeks of August.

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