The North Haven Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office, today announced the kick-off of an Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign. This effort by state and local police will enforce Connecticut’s tough law that prohibits motorists from texting and/or using hand-held cell phones while driving. The crackdown will run from Wednesday, September 3, through Wednesday, September 24.

This enforcement mobilization marks the first time the State has utilized dedicated federal funds meant to curb this unsafe driving behavior. The directed patrols will target motorists who choose to ignore Connecticut’s hand held mobile phone ban.  Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

Enforcement patrols will be out in force, in an effort to curb distracted driving.