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DOT launches anti-texting while driving campaign this week

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is cracking down on texting while driving this month.

The Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other campaign will be held from June 20 to 26 and looks to reduce the use of cell phones while driving.

The anti-texting enforcement project also looks at prompting the use of hands-free devices.

"Distracted driving, especially the use of a cell phone or other electronic device, is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel," said CT Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker in a statement Monday.

Fines for distracted drivers are as follows:

  • $125 for a first offense
  • $250 for a second violation
  • $400 for each subsequent violation

"Roving patrols will be out in force throughout several Connecticut communities during these periods, in an effort to stress Connecticut's zero tolerance for distracted drivers," Redeker said.

The goal of the anti-texting enforcement project is to helping cities and towns enforce texting bans and develop knowledge of the best techniques for enforcement of these laws.

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