State, local police crack down on texting and driving

The campaign is called,

The campaign is called, "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." (4/1/15)

NORWALK - State and local police departments launched a crackdown on people who text and drive Wednesday.

The campaign is called, "U Drive. U Text. U Pay."

Authorities say they are focusing on texting, but are also looking for drivers talking on their phones.

Tickets will cost drivers $150.

Officials say Connecticut was the only state to qualify for federal funding for this initiative.

They say 50 police departments across the state are being awarded up to $50,000 each to pay officers over-time to set up checkpoints.

This is the campaign’s second year.

Officers say they had hoped last year’s crackdowns would have convinced drivers to stop such dangerous behaviors.

Stamford Police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher worries that the streets are more dangerous than ever.

A new study shows that when teens are driving and crash, 60 percent of the time they were distracted.

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