By: N. Tru Bass
A new push to combat distracted driving is underway by the Hamden Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office. Fines for violations start at $150 for a first offense, doubles for a second offense to $500 for each infarction after.
The program begins on Thursday 1 August, through the 15th. This is the second iteration of the program called, “U Drive-U Text- U Pay.
In 48 States, Text Messaging is banned. Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone. Distracted driving is described as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people I your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system.