Police officers throughout Connecticut are cracking down on distracted drivers, especially those who are holding their cell phones.
Eyewitness News spent the day with the Rocky Hill Police Department at the most accident-prone intersections in town.
Officers were positioned at West Street on Wednesday morning as they were looking for distracted drivers.
“Distracted driving is a serious thing,” Rocky Hill Police Officer Joe Farias said. “There's a lot of motor vehicle accidents, and serious injuries can occur from accidents if you're not paying attention.”
From 2014 to the present day, records show there have been 43 accidents at West Street and Interstate 91 southbound, and West Street at Corporate Place
Most crashes were from drivers running red lights or improper turning, both of which are attributed to distracted driving.
If a driver gets caught, the fines are $150 dollars for a first violation, $300 for a second, and $500 for a third.
The so-called “high visibility” checkpoints are part of a statewide campaign involving dozens of departments—targeting distracted drivers.
It is the second year of high visibility checkpoints for Rocky Hill. Officers said it’s too soon to get a clear sense of how well they are working, however, the feeling is that they’re making an impact.
“I definitely noticed an increase in compliance with the cell phones,” Farias said.
There were 25 stops between 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with 17 citations for cell phone/texting and three were for other motor vehicle violations including unregistered motor vehicle.
The special detail started this week and continues through April and starts up again in August.
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