Berlin police cracking down on distracted driving

Distracted Driving

When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting your phone away.

Violating Connecticut's distracted driving laws can be costly.

Police will be paying extra attention to enforcing distracting driving laws as part of the national "U Drive".

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas last week, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged that he had been texting while driving, a witness told the Associate Press. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year. "And you'll see influx of other state ads, like click it or ticket advising people it's inherently risky", said Traffic Sergeant Pat Smyth. "Every time drivers choose to pick up the phone rather than focus on the road they put themselves and other roadway users in danger". Life360 data showed drivers across the Southeast use their cell phones while driving more frequently than the national average.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes involving distracted drivers killed 3,477 people and injured about 391,000 people in 2015.

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"It's a text and Instagram kind of world", he said, the inc in crashes, kids raised in a text, Instagram kind of world".

CHP has begun a major crackdown for those texting and driving. "Don't just accept it because everyone else is doing it". Texting and driving in a work zone? "We've seen children riding bicycles texting", he said.

Until then, TXDOT advises to pull over to a safe location if you must talk or text. "If you text and drive, you will pay", added Geno.

If you get caught you could pay some hefty fines.

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