Police crack down on people who text and drive

The Milford Police Department is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who use their cell phones while driving.
The joint effort will run this month, through April 30.

Police said that on a national level, in 2014 an estimated 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

“Last year, Connecticut drivers started to get the message as a result of this crackdown,” police said in a news release. “Law enforcement wrote over 22,000 citations as part of last year’s effort to get drivers to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.”

Fines for using a mobile phone, first offense, is $150; a second offense is $300, and a third and subsequent offense $500.

The police will run this heightened campaign again Aug. 3 to 16.