Milford PD: 99 violations cited during distracted driving enforcement event

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MILFORD — Police reacted to nearly 100 alleged incidents of distracted driving as part of their efforts for the recent “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” nationwide enforcement campaign, the department said Monday.

During the initiative, which spanned the month of April, officers “addressed 99 violations,” police said in an email.

The “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” enforcement effort is “a national high-visibility enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April” that is “held in partnership with state and local law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Distracted driving has “become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads,” officials said. There were more than 6,600 crashes attributed to the practice in Connecticut in 2019, officials said.

Across the country, 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver between between 2012 and 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the Connecticut DOT, “Connecticut law prohibits the use of any hand-held mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle, while drivers under 18 “are prohibited from using a cell phone or mobile device at any time, even with a hands-free accessory.”

Fines range between $150 and $500, officials said.