BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Beginning Wednesday, the Brookfield Police Department will have special patrols out, looking for distracted drivers -- especially those on their phones.
One goal of the "U Text. U Drive. U Pay." campaign is to reinforce that phone use while driving is both illegal and dangerous. "Everyone thinks they can do it, that a crash won't happen to them," Chief Robin Montgomery said. "Sadly, we see it every day and it can and does happen."
Nationwide, in 2014, 3,129 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, and over 400,000 were injured.
In the last such crackdown, this spring, law enforcement across the state issued over 12,000 citations. Fines for texting and driving are $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for each subsequent one.
"Unfortunately, the fear of getting a ticket is the only incentive for people to change their behavior," Montgomery said.
This enforcement campaign will run until Tuesday, Aug. 16.The federal government's website on distracted driving -- distraction.gov -- has information for teens, parents, educators and more.