State police and more than 50 local police departments have begun a crackdown on people using their cell phones while driving. The Connecticut Department of Transportation says the ``U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY'' initiative focuses on texting, but police also will be looking for drivers talking on their phones.
The Brookfield Police Department received an $18,000 grant to support officer overtime, for targeted special enforcement of distracted driving laws on local roads. New Milford and Danbury Police Departments also received grant money for the month long effort.
The effort will run through the month of April. Violators face fines of $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for any additional charges.