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8/1/2019 - U Drive. U Text. U Pay. (Driving? Put Down That Phone!)

Driving? Put Down That Phone!


Distracted driving continues to be one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads. The Canton Police Department encourages drivers to put down the phone and remember:

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

In support of August’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Canton Police Department will be partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the month of August for the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay Campaign.

“Because of the danger and illegality associated with distracted driving, you will see increased law enforcement efforts, as officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay,” explained Chief Arciero.

Violating Connecticut’s distracted-driving laws can be costly. Connecticut General Statute Section 14-96aa(b) imposes a fine of $150 for the first offense.

Drive Safe Every Trip
The Canton Police Department and NHTSA urge you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. If you need to text, then pull over and do not drive while doing so. If you’re driving, follow these steps for a safe driving experience:
• If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
• Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
• Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
Texting while driving is dangerous and illegal. Break the cycle. Remember: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.