Milford police issue 148 distracted driving violations in August
MILFORD — City cops issued more than 100 distracted driving violations during the month of August as police across the country cracked down on texting and driving.
“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is the name of the statewide police campaign done yearly to address distracted driving in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The campaign ran from Aug. 4 through Aug. 28.
During that time, Milford officers issued 148 distracted driving violations, police said.
The department put extra officers on the roads at various checkpoints to keep an eye out for texting and driving, or any use of the phone while driving.
In Connecticut, fines for distracted driving violations begin at $150 for a first offense. Those fines double to $300 for a second offense, and increases by $500 for any additional violations.
Distracted driving led to the deaths of 2,841 people in 2018, according to the NHTSA.