BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Brookfield police made more than 158 stops during their recent "U Text. U Drive. U Pay" campaign designed to crack down on texting and distracted drivers.
During the two weeks of the enforcement initiative, officers conducted 158 motor vehicle stops, which resulted in 107 tickets, and three drug related arrest, police said.
Recent studies show that in 2014, a total of 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. In addition, 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest number of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.
Connecticut remains the only state in the nation to receive special distracted driving prevention funds. The funds allow police to implement special patrols to identify, stop, and cite drivers who choose to ignore distracted driving laws. Over $6.8 million dollars has been awarded to the state over the last three years.
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