West Hartford Police On Patrol For Distracted Drivers

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Nearly 50 police agencies across Connecticut are taking part in the latest distracted driving enforcement blitz, which runs through August 16. In West Hartford, eight police officers will be assigned to distracted driving patrol each day.

One of them on Friday was Officer Edward Jacovino, who’s been a cop for over 15 years. He’s learned to spot drivers using their phones while driving. “Swerving … [or] if they’re stopped at a red light and all the traffic’s moved away and they still have their head looking down and haven’t noticed that their light turned green.”

During the brief time WTIC News rode along with Jacovino, he ticketed two drivers for having a cell phone in hand while driving. He says violations have evolved along with technology since Connecticut passed its ban on driver use of hand-held cell phones. When the law was new, Jacovino says many drivers were caught with a phone to their ear talking; nowadays, they’re more likely to be caught texting or trying to use the phone’s GPS.

During the last distracted driving blitz in April, Connecticut police handed out more than 12,000 citations.

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