191 cited in Berlin police crackdown on distracted driving

Published on Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:28
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Police Department has released the results of its “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign, with 191 motorists cited for violating laws on the use of mobile electronic devices.

There were also charges for other offenses.

The following is a breakdown of the violations:

nCell phone talking first offense: 88

nCell phone talking second offense: 7

nCell phone talking third offense: 1

nTexting first offense: 91

nTexting second offense: 4

nChild care seat violation: 2

nFugitives apprehended: 1

nSuspended license: 5

nOther motor vehicle violations: 21

nFelony arrests: 1

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violators are fined $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second and $500 for each subsequent violation, according to a release announcing the campaign.

The campaign, held in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, ran from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15.

It was the second part of the campaign. The first was in April and resulted in more than 10,000 citations statewide for distracted driving.

Berlin officers conducted 15 spot checks during this second leg.

“The goal of the campaign and enforcement effort was to educate motorists and reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and injuries that involve distracted drivers,” said Deputy Police Chief Chris Ciuci in a release announcing the results. “The Berlin police and the Connecticut Department of Transportation urge you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.”

Nationally, in 2016, 3,450 deaths were attributable to distracted driving, and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in distracted-driving-related motor vehicle crashes in 2015, the previous release said.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:28. Updated: Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:30.