Police To Crack Down On Distracted Driving

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and the Connecticut state police plan to announce a crackdown on distracted drivers.

The campaign will be focused on people using hand-held cell phones while driving. It is part of a federal pilot program. Connecticut and New York were both chosen to participate in the initiative.

State police and municipal police will be out in force, looking for distracted drivers, during the first two weeks of April.

Officials hope to use information from the crackdown to determine whether enforcement improves compliance and drives down distracted driving-related crashes in the Hartford area.

Wyman and the state police will officially announce the enforcement program during a planned state Capitol news conference on Monday.

It is illegal in Connecticut to drive while using a hand-held phone.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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